Johnson County lifts evacuation orders after flood

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Residents in low-lying Johnson County neighborhoods are being allowed to return to their homes after they were ordered to evacuate during flooding.

The county on Friday afternoon lifted mandatory evacuation orders for neighborhoods located south and north of Iowa City along the Iowa River.

In all, county officials have estimated that a few dozen homes were affected by the evacuation orders issued May 30 as the river rose well above flood stage. They have also said that a few residents refused to leave, even though their homes were inundated with water and their utilities had been shut off. The county warned they may not be rescued in an emergency.

County officials said that power may not be restored until Monday, and that residents should exercise caution when entering flooded properties.

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