Eastern Iowa's Burlington prepares for flooding

City workers in the eastern Iowa city of Burlington are taking action to prevent possible flooding along the Mississippi River.

The Burlington Hawk Eye reports that Burlington's Public Works Department put up precautionary flood barriers on Thursday and Friday around the Market Street Lift Station in anticipation the river will continue to rise.

The National Weather Service predicts the river at Burlington will gradually rise to 17 feet by Wednesday.

Minor flooding in Burlington is between 15 and 16.5 feet, and moderate flooding occurs between 16.5 and 18 feet. Major flooding occurs at more than 18 feet.

Public Works Director Steve Hoambrecker recalls last April, when the river was predicted to rise to about 17 feet but actually rose to more than 22 feet, flooding riverfront areas.