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Flooding forces evacuation in northern Iowa's Greene

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GREENE, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say heavy rain runoff and flooding from the Shell Rock River have forced home evacuations and school closures in the northern Iowa community of Greene.

Butler County emergency manager Mitch Nordmeyer said Thursday that firefighters rescued people from five rural homes and that up to 10 homes in Greene have been evacuated. He says some city streets are covered with up to 2 feet of water.

School was canceled for Thursday and Friday, and the high school is being used as an emergency shelter.

The National Weather Service says the city fire department reported 7.5 inches of rain just before 11 p.m. Wednesday.

The service also says a tornado reported to have touched down briefly four miles west of Greene hasn't been confirmed.

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