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Flash flooding causes evacuation in Morse


MORSE (KWWL) -- Rapid Creek flowed out of his banks around noon Tuesday causing flooding in Johnson County. The flooding caused a propane tank to float away from it's base in the area of 5111 Morse Rd. NE. Iowa City.

A private propane company was called to the area to re secure the propane tank and seal off the leak. Many residents in the immediate area of Rapid Creek in the village of Morse were evacuated from their homes in a precautionary measure.

Scott Wolfe, Assistant Chief of the Solon Fire Department, says as of 3:00 pm it was safe for residents to return to their homes. The residences were all checked for propane in their basements with measuring devices by Hazmat members.

Residents in the area may still smell small amounts of propane at times. Because propane is a colorless odorless gas, the gas companies add a chemical called mercaptum. This is what gives the gas a slight smell allowing humans to smell the gas. Propane is heavier than the air, so it will settle in low places such as basements. If residents continue to smell real strong odors of propane they should call the Sheriff's Office and Solon Fire will be paged out to check the houses.

Online Producer: Jason Mortvedt

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