As New Hartford relaxes, Independence braces for heavy floods

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Posted: Thursday, June 27, 2013 12:00 am

DES MOINES (AP) — Overnight rain largely missed New Hartford, allowing the city's residents to return home Wednesday, but rain in other locations in eastern Iowa have heightened concerns about flooding.

New Hartford residents were told Wednesday morning that they could go home. They had been evacuated at 3 a.m. Tuesday as nearby Beaver Creek, normally a stream a couple of feet deep, turned into a fast-moving river far over its banks. About a third of the city of 500 was under about 3 feet of water.

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