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.