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Burlington Flood

Jason Parrott / TSPR

Burlington's multi-million dollar permanent flood wall is still a few years from completion, so at times the city must rely on temporary barriers to hold back the Mississippi River. The failure of those barriers on June 1 allowed the river to overwhelm portions of the downtown, resulting in months of clean-up.

The Burlington Beacon

It could be several weeks before Burlington learns the full extent of damage to the downtown district. Streets, parking lots and buildings near the Mississippi River were inundated with flood water after a temporary flood barrier failed Saturday afternoon.