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Lisbon is ready if river starts to rise

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Driving through the town of Lisbon, you can't miss the river that flows right on through.

People who live here say they can't forget the devastation this river poured on the town.

"In 2009, there were record floods," says Ransom County Emergency Manager Tricia Kriel.

Kriel says in 2009 and 2011 the river hit record levels.

"It crested on April 20th," says Kriel.

But here we are 2013, the river hasn't crested yet but the latest reports show that this could be another interesting year.

"It's a hard forecast. We could be fine but if it was to rain or something we could see 20 plus feet and that would be bad," says Kriel.

In 2009 and 2011, the river overflowed the handrails you see here closing 2 bridges in town. City leaders are hopeful this year that won't happen.

But mayor Ross Cole says it's still something they are monitoring closely.

"It's projected to flood at 18 feet and we are protected to 20 and a half feet," says Cole.

And if it does look like the city may flood, they have taken steps over the past two years to help with protection.

"We got homes out of the way," says Cole.

Which will make it a lot easier to prepare if there is a flooding event.

Something those in Lisbon, know this river can cause.

"Those were some pretty tough years, no doubt about it," says Cole.

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