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June 6, 2011HAMBURG, IA | By: Wayman
A levee breach in southwest Iowa is forcing evacuation of Hamburg.
The breech happened in a federally, owned levee about 5 miles south of town. By mid-morning yesterday a sandbagging operation had been set up at the Simons Elementary School in Hamburg. The Freemont County Emergency management coordinator says more sandbags have been ordered and anyone willing to volunteer to fill them can report to the elementary school. An emergency shelter for residents has also been set up at the Sidney High School Gym. Several roads are being impacted. In Freemont county the right lane of state Highway 2 is closed about 15 miles west of Sidney. The flood water is also impacting I-29 in southern Iowa between mile markers 1 and 10. As of 8 last night, however, Iowa's Department of Transportation said I-29 in both directions was still open for traffic. You can check the latest Iowa road map on flood closures by going to our website. That's KXCV.ORG and clicking on the state's road icon on the right side of our homepage.