New Hartford residents play waiting game and hope levee holds - KTIV News 4 Sioux City IA: News, Weather and Sports

New Hartford residents play waiting game and hope levee holds

Posted: Updated:
NEW HARTFORD (KWWL) -

Folks in New Hartford will have to evacuate if one road gives way to Beaver Creek.

The concern is the area along Ridge Avenue, a gravel road which essentially serves as a levee for the town of New Hartford.

Butler County Emergency Management officials said Thursday Ridge Avenue is underwater and "stressed," but they'll only force evacuations if it is washed away.

Gwen Blanchard, a 27-year resident of New Hartford, has spent the past few days watching the water rise in her backyard.

"We're wasting time is what we're hoping," she said. 

Blanchard said she's praying for the levee to hold up. It's located three miles away from her home.  

Emergency Management officials said if Ridge Avenue doesn't hold up, it's likely the town of New Hartford will face significant flooding, similar to what happened in 2008.

Officials said it's a gamble at this point to see if that road can hold up under the water, but they're hopeful it can.

If it does get washed away by flooding, however, a code red notification will be sent out to residents and they will need to evacuate immediately.

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KTIV Television Inc. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Kathy Clayton at (712) 239-4100 x209. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at fccinfo@fcc.gov.