Missouri floodwaters threaten Iowa town

June 16, 2011 at 7:06 PM
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HAMBURG, Iowa, June 16 (UPI) -- The Missouri River rose high enough Thursday to reach a temporary levee in Hamburg, Iowa.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers continued to reinforce the levee on the dry side, the Omaha World-Herald reported. Water on the other side was about a foot deep by daylight.

The river itself was about 9 feet over flood stage Thursday.

Hamburg, a town of 1,200 55 miles south of Omaha, is sandwiched between the Missouri and Nishnabotna rivers. So far, the smaller river has not been a concern.

"Fortunately, we're not getting much rain," Hamburg Fire Chief Dan Sturm said Thursday morning. "If we would get some kind of rain event, we would have to start sandbagging over on the Nishnabotna River."

The temporary levee was built after the Missouri breached a permanent levee south of Hamburg on June 5. The town is in a valley and water coming through the breach rose toward Hamburg.

Vicki Sjulin owns the Blue Moon Bar, one of the few businesses open Thursday in Hamburg. She told the World-Herald she fears the effect of the flood on the town.

"Some of these people got through the flood of 1993 and this is just the end for them," Sjulin said. "A lot of folks have told me they are tired of this and they are not going to return."

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