Mills County issues partial release of mandatory evacuation order

MILLS COUNTY, Iowa -- Mills County is clearing the way to get more flood victims back to the properties they were forced to leave behind.

The area for Release of Mandatory Evacuation and Allowed Re-entry includes the unincorporated areas of Mills County for properties along the following roads:

  • 221st Street transitioning to Lambert Avenue from 195th Street West to the Missouri River
  • 194th Street North of Lambert Avenue and West of Interstate 29 (limited to residents only)
  • 195th Street from Lambert Avenue South to Paddock Avenue

Re-entry Routes: 221st Street South transitioning to Lambert Ave. Residents and owners in the above area can return to their property, as of the date of this Order, during daylight hours to determine the viability of the premises.

Floodwater has subsided sufficiently in the above area and road conditions are satisfactory enough to allow re-entry to the area homes and businesses.

The following procedures shall be followed by those person(s) or business(es) re-entering areas no longer designated as part of the mandatory evacuation area:

1. Prior to occupancy of the residence or business the owner shall contact the Mills County Building and Zoning Office to determine if an inspection is necessary and schedule an inspection of the premises. If property is serviced by a well and/or a septic system, the owner shall also contact Mills County Public Health to determine if an inspection is necessary and schedule the inspection.

2. Prior to occupancy of the residence or business the owner shall contact the Mills County Building and Zoning Office to determine if an inspection is necessary and schedule an inspection of the premises. If property is serviced by a well and/or a septic system, the owner shall also contact Mills County Public Health to determine if an inspection is necessary and schedule the inspection.

3. If electrical service had been temporarily discontinued, power may be re-established to the property per guidelines as set forth by Mid-American Energy once an inspection has been done. Once electrical service has been established and if the home has an operational water and sewer/septic, absent substantial structural damage that make occupancy unsafe, the owner may re-enter the property.

4. If after inspection, electrical service may not be re-established and/or the property does not have potable water and sanitary system, the property owner may only enter the property during daylight hours for the purposes of making enough repairs to establish the necessary utilities. Once enough repairs are made, the property owner shall contact Mills County Building and Zoning office and/or Mills County Public Health to determine occupancy.

5. If after inspection it is determined that there is substantial structural damage as determined by applicable building codes, the owner may not occupy the property and may only enter the property during daylight hours to make such repairs as necessary to allow for occupancy.

6. There shall be no fee for the occupancy inspection or occupancy permit. Any other costs associated with permits required for repair may be subject to reimbursement or waiver upon application to the Mills County Board of Supervisors.

7. The above conditions are also applicable to those person(s) or business(es) that have remained on his/her property during the evacuation period.

8. Appropriate county departments and offices shall coordinate and prepare an information packet for affected property owners.

If you need help with the re-entry process, please contact the following agencies:
Mills County Building & Zoning - 712-527-4347
Mills County Public Health - 712-527-9699
Mills County Communication Center - 712-527-4871