UPDATE: Rock Valley lifts flooding evacuation order

Rock Valley, IA (KSFY) UPDATE, 5:30 a.m. Monday:

Authorities have lifted an evacuation order for some residents in Rock Valley, Iowa that was prompted over flooding concerns.

City officials issued the order for some homes near the Rock River Sunday night after another night of heavy rain. A no travel order was also temporarily in effect.

As of Monday morning, both of those orders had been lifted.

While water levels have gone down in several communities around the region, residents may not be out of the woods just yet. Another round of rain is forecasted to to hit the area Monday.

Many communities in northwest Iowa and southeast South Dakota have faced flooding problems since last week when more than six inches of rain fell in some sports.


Original story:

The heavy rain Sunday night has forced the already inundated Rock Valley to issue a mandatory evacuation, this time for everything north of 17th street in town and the HJ MJ Trailer Court in Rock Valley.

City officials say emergency crews from several nearby communities are in town evacuating people from their homes into fire trucks and other emergency vehicles, taking them to a shelter set up at Faith Reformed Church.

Those emergency crews are stressing absolutely no travel anywhere in the Rock Valley area Sunday night.

“We are reminding citizens to STAY HOME if you are not in the evacuation areas so our rescue crews can work," Mayor Kevin Van Otterloo said.

Officials say crews are working to pump the fresh rainfall from several newly flooded roadways, including Main Street.