Floodwaters force 100s to evacuate NE Iowa town

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Associated Press

Posted on June 25, 2013 at 12:05 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 25 at 12:07 PM

NEW HARTFORD, Iowa (AP) — Hundreds of people have fled their homes following an evacuation order in a northeast Iowa town that's threatened by a rain-swollen creek.

The Butler County sheriff and other emergency officials are in New Hartford on Tuesday to help with the mandatory evacuation. Officials went from door to door at 3 a.m. to warn residents about the danger posed by Beaver Creek as it nears a record crest level.

New Hartford, nearly 90 miles northeast of Des Moines, was devastated in June 2008 when Beaver Creek crested at a record 16 feet.

The National Weather Service says more than 7 inches of rain fell Monday in portions of the Beaver Creek basin, ground that was already saturated. The rest of Butler County is under a flash flood watch until Wednesday morning.

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