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Entire town of Hornick, IA evacuate due to flooding

HORNICK, Iowa (KTIV)-  Thursday evening, the town of Hornick, Iowa remains evacuated after the mayor declared a state of emergency.

The town of more than 200 people was evacuated in anticipation of rising waters in the west fork of the Little Sioux River.

The mayor of Hornick says that they’ve been watching water levels since Wednesday and say that as the levy continued to rise he felt it was necessary to take action.

After 10 o’clock Thursday morning, Mayor Scott Mitchell declared the emergency.

Members of the Hornick Fire Department, Woodbury County Sheriff’s deputies as well as mutual aid from throughout the county came and knocked door to door to evacuate residents.

Mitchell says many of the folks in town health the warning.

“We got town evacuated in probably, four hours,” said Scott Mitchell, Mayor of Hornick, Iowa, “I’ll say we had most of our residents leave, I’m very happy that our residents picked up and left. I’m glad that they followed the warning.”

Mitchell says they’ll wait and see now just how much water gets into town and when.

If you are a resident of Hornick you will need a valid driver’s license to get back into town.

However, he says if you do come back before the evacuation is over — you’re doing so at your own risk.

Michelle Schoening

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