HESCO barriers from Cedar Rapids to be used in Boise area

By  | 

CEDAR RAPIDS, iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- HESCO barriers that helped protect Cedar Rapids from flooding last year are now going to another city in the country.

Alliant Energy crews load up HESCO Barriers on Tuesday, April 4, 2017. (Phil Reed/KCRG-TV9)

On Tuesday, Alliant Energy helped pack up 300 HESCO barriers at its Prairie Creek Power Plant. These giant bins that can hold sand for temporarily flood walls are going to Boise, Idaho, to help control flooding there.

Alliant says its crews learned first hand the importance of these Hesco Barriers.

"We've seen the devastation that a flood can cause. And we also know the impact of having the right tools at the right time. And we're really hoping that these right tools will be able to help out in the area," said Justin Foss of Alliant Energy.

The Boise, Idaho, area is currently under a flood warning.