Area near Missouri River in SW Iowa evacuated

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June 23rd, 2011 by Ric Hanson

GLENWOOD, Iowa (AP) — More residents of southwest Iowa who live in a rural area near the swollen Missouri River are being evacuated as a precaution.

Mills County officials ordered everyone who lives between Interstate 29 and the river to evacuate an area from north of Glenwood south to Fremont County. Earlier this week, Fremont County evacuated the area between I-29 and the river because of concern that the levee may be overtopped.

Mills County officials say there is no immediate threat of a levee breach Thursday, but seeping groundwater had risen behind the levee and blocked some roads.

Residents are being urged to leave the area before 4 p.m. Friday. The Red Cross set up a shelter in Malvern for anyone who needs somewhere to stay.