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June 13, 2011HAMBURG, IA |  By: Wayman

Hamburg Levee Breached

It's happened, the levee protecting Hamburg Iowa has been breached.

The blow-out happened just before 11 this morning, along mile marker 506 on the Missouri River, which translates to Holt County Road 180. The break is about 75 yards long, with heavy water gushing to the point a flash flood warning has been issued for the town of Hamburg. Moreover, residents of big lake in Holt county Missouri are now being urged to evacuate now. Emergency management officials are warning Big Lake properties are in imminent danger. They say because of the breach near Hamburg, the newly constructed "High Bank Levee" at Big Lake will be the next one hit, flooding property to the east of the new levee. The Holt County Emergency manager tells us a structural failure of the High Bank Levee is anticipated, which will allow water to move quickly into Big Lake. Emergency officials are also warning the flood waters are expected to reach Interstate 29 in the Hamburg Iowa area sometime tomorrow.