Iowa early News Headlines: Fri., May 31st 2013


May 31st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

NEW HARTFORD, Iowa (AP) — Emergency management officials have told residents of New Hartford to be prepared to evacuate as water begins to run over the top of a gravel road that serves as a levee protecting the northeast Iowa community. Ridge Avenue holds back Beaver Creek on the west side of town. The 500 residents of New Hartford have been told to prepare to evacuate if the levee breaks. If it does, officials say they’ll have about 90 minutes to get everyone out.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Officials in Johnson County have ordered a mandatory evacuation of two rural neighborhoods due to high waters from the Iowa River. The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office yesterday ordered residents of Riverview Estates and the Izaak Walton League area to leave their homes. Utilities to the Riverview Estates neighborhood have been shut off.

ONAWA, Iowa (AP) — Stormy weather caused significant problems in the western Iowa city of Onawa, blowing down trees and damaging buildings. Onawa Mayor Bob Skelton told the Sioux City Journal newspaper that strong winds damaged many trees. National Weather Service meteorologist Dave Fobert says damage apparently was caused by a thunderstorm and not a tornado.

LE GRAND, Iowa (AP) — Officials have lifted a boil advisory issued on Tuesday for the small city of Le Grand in central Iowa. The state Department of Natural Resources says test results yesterday of water samples taken earlier in the week showed the water was safe to drink.