Officials warn flooded Iowa town of more rain

NEW HARTFORD, Iowa (AP) — Weather officials say a small northeast Iowa town that ordered its residents to evacuate because of flooding from a creek could be inundated with more rain.

The National Weather Service says the town of New Hartford is along a path in northern Iowa that may experience showers and thunderstorms Tuesday afternoon into the overnight hours. A flash flood watch is in effect until Wednesday morning.

Meteorologist Kevin Skow says between 2 and 3 inches of rain could fall per hour from the systems moving through the area. Any rain that falls over the town will flow back into Beaver Creek because the ground is saturated.

Emergency officials went door to door Tuesday, warning the town’s 500-plus residents about the dangers posed by the creek, which flooded the town in 2008.

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