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Mills County residents react to highway closures, continued flooding

Posted at 6:33 PM, May 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-29 19:33:45-04

MILLS COUNTY, Iowa — The flooding concern remains in Mills County, Iowa.

Storms have been passing through the Midwest and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is increasing water releases at Gavins Point Dam to 75,000 cubic feet per second by Saturday.

The county shut down I-29 south of Highway 34 and also closed off Highway 34. The water levels are expected to crest tomorrow around 32 feet. The county says that even though the road closures are a nuisance to drivers they're needed.

"This is a life safety thing," said Larry Hurst, Mills County Emergency Management Director. "There's a lot of emotion, a lot of stress and people are tired. The message we need to get out is personal safety is most important and that's the main thing is you need to keep yourself safe and we'll worry about getting you in to your property."

Mills Cunty issued a voluntary evacuation for people who live west of the I-29 barricade. The county said homeowners have heeded that advice. Roughly 10-15 percent of the county live west of the barricade.

Watch Phil Bergman's full story in the above video.