RIVER FLOODING: Rising Mississippi Forces Evacuations


On the eastern Iowa border, flooding has forced dozens of people out of one neighborhood.

Firefighters went door-to-door Monday in Port Byron, Illinois advising residents in the back half of Falcon Farms Mobile Home Community to leave.

The levy  that holds back the Mississippi River has not yet broken, but firefighters say they believe it will break — sweeping cars and mobile homes with it. The voluntary evacuation affects around 50 homes and though residents say they’ve dealt with flooding before, the water has never been this high.

“Quite a few times but never at this magnitude. It’s overwhelming and I feel sorry for the ones really down at the end,” said resident Mrs. VanWinkle.

Four area fire departments helped with evacuations in the neighborhood Monday night.

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