MASON CITY — The Winnebago River is expected to crest at 14 feet Thursday which could cause flooding in East Park and other areas, City Administrator Brent Trout told the City Council Tuesday night.

He said while most of the city was not expected to be severely impacted, there are concerns about low-lying properties such as in the Autumn Park area.

Trout said it will be the highest crest since the flood of 2008, but would still be a foot below the levee.

He said if the forecast prevails, a flood watch will be in effect. He will be meeting with city staff on Wednesday to make sure the city is prepared for any circumstance.

Trout said many previous flood-prone properties were severely damaged in the flood of 2008 and no longer exist.

Asked what the river crested at in 2008, Trout said  “15.7 feet” — but corrected himself after the meeting. The river crested at 18.74 feet.

— John Skipper

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