HAMBURG, Iowa (AP) - Large sections of Hamburg, Iowa, sit empty as the Army Corps of Engineers scrambles to reinforce a levee and build a second barrier against the bulging Missouri River.
About half of the 1,100 residents were ordered to leave, and they were expected to be gone by last night. The levee protecting the town is faltering, and the Army Corps of Engineers has been working to raise it five feet. They're also erecting a secondary barrier in case the levee is breached.
Hamburg's fire chief doesn't sound optimistic. He says they're "working against the clock." If the levee is breached, parts of Hamburg could get up to 10 feet of water.
The last time the Missouri crested at levels predicted for this summer was in 1952.