A mandatory evacuation order was issued Thursday in Mills County, Iowa due to flooding. The evacuation area includes west of Interstate 29 and south of Gaston Avenue to the Fremont County line, generally between Plattsmouth and Pacific Junction, south toward Bartlett.
180th street and Kane Ave in Mills County already have water spilling over the roads. Many of the people living here have already moved out. But when the evacuation notice many people getting the last of their belongings hoping to return home soon.
As Alan Lincoln finishes packing that last of his belongings. He can’t help but wonder what will happen to his mills county home.
“We're a little bit caught in the midst of everybody else who needs to evacuate. But the county is trying to do what's right and get everybody out,” Alan Lincoln said.
He lives off hwy 34 and 180th St and is included in the mandatory evacuation. Just a mile up the road the Missouri River has risen so high that one road near the county line, that once had a 13 foot clearance, has been closed for several weeks now.
“Just kinda knew it was coming just kinda surreal that its here now,” Corey Manly said.
Manly lives in Glenwood but has family in Mills County.
“It's humbling too when you drive down the road and see all the people moving out. Their lives turned upside down,” Manly said.
Back at the Lincoln house, they're moving to higher ground hoping for the best.
“Move it somewhere else, and try to make a new life in the temporary. But you just do what you can,” Lincoln said.
Mills county emergency management says they're making every effort to keep the power on for as long as possible and it’s going to be based on the water in the area.
People can still access their homes during daylight hours, as long as the road isn’t closed. However after dark the place is off limits.
An emergency Red Cross shelter has been established at East Mills High School at 1410 Main Street in Malvern, Iowa.
Residents needing assistance with the evacuation process are asked to contact the Mills County Communication Center at 712-527-4871 or Mills County Public Health at 712-527-4231.