Johnson County orders 2 neighborhoods to evacuate

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Officials in Johnson County have ordered a mandatory evacuation of two rural neighborhoods due to high waters from the Iowa River.

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday ordered residents of Riverview Estates and the Izaak Walton League area to leave their homes. Utilities to the Riverview Estates neighborhood have been shut off.

Cedar Rapids television station KCRG reports (http://bit.ly/14c6jj1 ) the mandatory evacuations mean residents have just a few hours to leave their homes before all services to the area are discontinued. People also have been encouraged to take their pets with them.

Officials say they’re asking residents in low-lying areas to voluntarily evacuate.

City officials are projecting the Iowa River will top the Coralville Reservoir spillway in the next several days.

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