A worker walks across a levee overlooking the flood swollen Cedar River, Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
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Iowa's second-largest city has managed to keep flooding at bay largely because of barriers that were widely used to protect soldiers in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan.The U.S. military came to the same conclusion and began using the barriers extensively in Iraq and Afghanistan, eventually totaling more than 30,000 miles of the containers, said Ackley, who first saw the barriers when he served with the U.S. Army in Bosnia.Cedar Rapids Assistant City Manager Sandi Fowler said the city bought 1½ miles of Hesco barriers in 2010 as part of its flood protection plan, but this marks the first time they have been deployed.During floods elsewhere, the city learned that Hesco barriers would tip over because the river undermines the ground beneath them, so Cedar Rapids placed them on concrete city streets and trails.
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