Mandatory evacuations ordered in Fremont County


June 22nd, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Residents living west of Interstate 29 in Fremont County are being told to evacuate immediately Fremont County Emergency Management Coordinator Mike Crecelius issued the mandatory order late this (Wednesday) morning after consulting with the county’s emergency management commission.

Crecelius is also concerned about rising water levels along the Missouri River. As of this (Wednesday) morning, the river at Nebraska City measured 27.8 feet–and Crecelius expected it to go higher.

The evacuations come as the U-S Army Corps of Engineers increased the amount of water flowing from the Gavins Point Dam in South Dakota to 155,000 cubic feet per second today (Wednesday). The flow is expected to increase to 160,000 cfs on Thursday.

(Radio Iowa)