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Mills County, IA warns people to prepare for evacuation

Posted: 11:03 AM, May 30, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-30 16:05:37Z
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OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Last night, the Iowa Emergency Management Agency of Mills County is warning people to prepare for evacuations due to potential flooding. In addition to rising water levels, they say some roads have been closed which could complicate travel in the area.

Mills County Emergency Management and the Mills County Board of Supervisors issued an Emergency Evacuation Preparation Recommendation for the area of Mills County South of Gaston Avenue to the Mills/Fremont County line and West of Interstate 29 to the Missouri River. Residents in the area above are recommended to begin preparation for evacuation as soon as possible. Mandatory evacuations may be ordered in the near future. Road closures have been placed on 180th St. North of Lambert, Kane Ave. N. of Lambert and Karns Road west of Inst. 29.

Ongoing levee breaches combined with increased rainfall and projected rising water levels has caused this recommendation. The USACE has announced increasing output from Gavin’s Point Dam, increasing from 60,000 cfs to 65,000 cfs today and an additional 5000 increase to 70,000 cfs tomorrow. The National Weather Service has projected that the Missouri River will rise at least three feet over the next 48-72 hours with an anticipated crest of 32.6 ft. by Thursday, 5/30/19. If you need assistance with the evacuation process, please contact the Mills County Communications Center at 712-527-4871.