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Mandatory evacuation in New Hartford Tuesday

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A mandatory evacuation has been ordered for residents of New Hartford Tuesday morning. A mandatory evacuation has been ordered for residents of New Hartford Tuesday morning.
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NEW HARTFORD (KWWL) -

A mandatory evacuation has been ordered for residents of New Hartford Tuesday morning.

Heavy rains are causing Beaver Creek to rise. Butler County Emergency Management fears it could reach record levels. 

Evacuees are told to go to the American Red Cross shelter set up at the Boyd Building in Shell Rock for shelter. The building is located at 303 South Cherry Street and offers a place to stay, a hot meal and minor first aid.

Ten people stayed at the shelter Monday night.

MidAmerican Energy is working with Butler County in response to the flooding. Crews are shutting off natural gas services to those homes impacted. All shut-offs should be completed by noon Tuesday, with an update from MidAmerican Energy around 4 p.m. Tuesday.

As of 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, Beaver Creek was at 14.2 feet. The National Weather Service forecasted it to reach 14.9 feet by 7 p.m., but the levels already reached 15 feet at 8 a.m. Tuesday.

In 2008, Beaver Creek reached more than 15 feet. 

Most roads in and out of New Hartford are closed, including Highway 57.

Crews at the fire station in New Hartford are evacuating Tuesday morning. They will be moving north, as most of the flooding is in southern Butler County. East and west parts of town do have flood water.

No injuries have been reported. 

Flooding on Beaver Creek threatened New Hartford three weeks ago. Emergency Manager Mitch Nordmeyer said this time poses much more of a threat. 

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