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Mandatory evacuation order issued for parts of Hawarden, Iowa

Mandatory evacuation order issued for parts of Hawarden, Iowa

Mandatory evacuation order issued for parts of Hawarden, Iowa

Peggy Senzarino

HAWARDEN, Iowa — The National Weather Service has issued updated flood predictions for the Big Sioux River in Hawarden, Iowa.

On Saturday, the river was expected to crest at 39.1 feet around 1 p.m., according to a city news release.

The flood put the city’s sewage treatment plant out of service. A post on the Sioux County Sheriff’s Facebook page asks residents not to drink city water or use the bathroom.

The city is under an emergency water restriction, according to a post on the city’s Facebook page.

Citizens should be prepared for the potential for phone, internet and power outages. Citizens with pool pumps are asked not to discharge pool pumps into city streets or storm drains.

The city issued a mandatory evacuation order for residents west of Avenue D beginning at 10:30 a.m.

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An earlier evacuation order was issued for those living in Frog Pond and Calliope.

According to a news release issued by city officials at 9 a.m. Saturday, West Sioux High School was designated as a shelter for those who were forced to evacuate their homes.

Power was out west of the 10 North freeway, according to Hawarden city officials. No travel is allowed within city limits. Residents are asked to refrain from using the water. The city is working on providing bottled water for residents to pick up.