Mandatory evacuation in Pacific Junction, Iowa

Mandatory evacuation in Pacific Junction, Iowa
Flooding in Hamburg, Iowa (World-Herald News Service)

PACIFIC JUNCTION, Iowa – Pacific Junction, Iowa, has been placed under a mandatory evacuation order as floodwaters rise.

Mills County Emergency Management said in a press release that gas has been shut off to the entire city and electricity is being turned off, too.

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While Hamburg, Iowa, residents tried to shore up parts of their town with sandbags, swelling Missouri River waters topped a levee to the west of town shortly after 3 p.m. Sunday.

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Releases from Gavins Point Dam in South Dakota have been reduced to 43,000 cubic feet per second, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said. At one point in the past week, Gavins Point releases surged as high as 100,000 cfs.

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The City of Lincoln Sunday night issued mandatory restrictions for water usage. The mandate, announced on Twitter by Lincoln-Lancaster Emergency Management shortly before 10 p.m., calls for a 50 percent reduction in residential usage for and a 25 percent reduction in commercial usage. In addition, restaurants have been instructed to use disposable tableware.

The restrictions are in place until further notice.

City water remains safe to drink, the release said.

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