Floods Breach Des Moines Levee

Authorities call for mandatory evacuation of area
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 14, 2008 11:07 AM CDT
Workers throw sandbags on an emergency levee, Saturday, June 14, 2008, in Des Moines, Iowa. A breach in the levee forced workers to later leave the area.    (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
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(Newser) – Floodwaters breached a levee and a temporary barrier today near a residential neighborhood in Des Moines, forcing authorities to call for a mandatory evacuation of 270 homes, the AP reports. “There’s not anything else we can do,” said a city official. Storms throughout the region have killed nine, and officials have cut power service and are bracing for the worst.

“A real wave of water is on the way as we speak,” Iowa’s governor said, while the Des Moines mayor admitted the situation was “a bit overwhelming. This is an endurance competition. We have to be patient.” One resident, whose home was threatened by the floods, stayed positive. “At least we’re high and dry now. I guess we’re fortunate.” (Read more Des Moines stories.)