Hamburg’s water treatment plant compromised. City could run out of water in 24 hours

HAMBURG – The National Weather Service in Omaha has issued a flash flood warning for south central Fremont County until 3:30 a.m. Monday due to a levee failure.

The Corps of Engineers reported a flood gate on a levee is overtopping at 3:36 p.m. Sunday. Water levels in the southwest Iowa town were already rising and may begin to rise more rapidly through the rest of the day, into the evening.

“Move to higher ground now,” the weather service advised. “This is an extremely dangerous and life-threatening situation. Do not attempt to travel unless you are fleeing an area subject to flooding or under an evacuation order. Move to higher ground now. Act quickly to protect your life.”

The flood waters have forced the city to shutdown it’s water treatment plant. Residents are advised to conserve water and not flush toilets or shower. The city could run out of water in 24 hours.

A Flash Flood Warning means that flooding is imminent or occurring. If you are in the warned area move to higher ground immediately. Residents living along streams and creeks should take immediate precautions to protect life and property.

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