Rock River flooding causes evacuations, travel ban

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 17, 2014 at 11:39 am •  Published: June 17, 2014
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ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say flooding from the Rock River in northwest Iowa has caused evacuations and a travel ban in some areas.

The Lyon County Sheriff's Office says emergency personnel began evacuating residents in Rock Rapids Monday night. They continued evacuations Tuesday morning.

Authorities say a travel ban is in place for Lyon County because some roads and bridges have been washed out. There are no reports of injuries.

The National Weather Service says the river is expected to crest Tuesday afternoon at more than 27 feet, and was expected to fall below flood stage by Thursday. A flood warning will continue until Friday afternoon.

Officials say up to 10 inches of rain has fallen in the area since Saturday.