Newton Residents, Drivers Endure Flooding

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Flooding in Harvey County was bad enough Tuesday morning to close a section of U.S. 50, from Halstead to Meridian. This follows the closing of one exit along Interstate 135 for a time Monday night.

The north side of Newton was one of many places with flooding, after recent rain.

The Newton Public Information Officer Erin McDaniel says the utility maintenance staff has placed sandbags at the Mission Water Treatment Plant west of town because high water from Emma Creek threatened to flood the plant.

McDaniel says Emma Creek is still rising, and staff at the plant are monitoring the risk.

The Goad family, who live about a mile and a half North of Highway 50 on Ridge, had to be rescued from their home this morning because of the flooding waters.

After water reached their front porch, the family decided that was too close for comfort, and gathered a few belongings and their pets and called 911.

Kevin Neufeld lives up a hill from the worst flooding, but went to check on his neighbors. "i don't feel like anyone's in danger," Neufeld said. "But there's just going to be some property damage."

The Little Arkansas River could be close to two feet above flood stage Wednesday morning at Alma Mills, northwest of Newton.

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