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Iowa prepares for more flooding

Posted at 6:19 AM, May 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-30 08:00:37-04

HAMBURG, Iowa. (KMTV) — After being completely underwater after the first round of floods, Hamburg, Iowa is preparing for yet another round of high water.

Jon Kipper first took a look at the original flooding back in March.

As a result of the flooding, Hamburg opened a recovery center and raised their levee to prevent additional flooding. Now, businesses are preparing for the worst again.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are scrambling to create a flood barrier in town, while building up and repairing nearby levees that failed in March.

The expected round of high water comes right on the heels of the start of the city rebuilding. 3 News Now reporter Jeff Van Sant reported on Hamburg's rebuild back in April.

Mills County residents are being pushed out of their homes due to the threat of more flooding on the Missouri River. These are voluntary evacuations right now, but authorities say that could change at any moment.

Reporter Alexa Reye was in Pacific Junction this morning as residents in that area woke up to a surprise; water had found its way back to Mills County. By 11 a.m. Wednesday, all major roads were barricaded off, leaving some stranded.

"We're vulnerable," said Larry Hurst, Mills County Director of Emergency Management. "Everyone along this corridor along these breaches are highly at risk as long as the flooding continues to rise."

The county is especially worried about flooding in the portions west of I-29 near the river. We reported yesterday that I-29 is closed in multiple locations because of flooding.