RED OAK, Iowa — Flooding forced the evacuation Tuesday of more than 1,000 people from several small towns in southwestern Iowa, including everyone from one town of 215 residents, after thunderstorms dumped up to seven inches of rain overnight.
Many people returned home as streams crested and began receding, but more rain was forecast.
Gov. Terry E. Branstad flew over the area and signed an order allowing the National Guard to be sent in if requested by local officials in Mills and Montgomery counties, said Ellen Gordon, director of the State Office of Disaster Services.
Red Oak had seven inches of rain by mid-morning and Malvern got 7.75 inches of rain overnight. In neighboring eastern Nebraska, 3.8 inches of rain fell at Weeping Water with 3.2 inches at Papillion, the National Weather Service said.
Roads and low-lying areas were flooded in Nebraska. Weeping Water Creek was five feet above flood stage in Cass County and some Weeping Water residents moved belongings to higher ground, rescue squad dispatcher Betty Harms said.