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Posted: Friday, April 19, 2013 12:00 pm

The Lee County Board of Supervisors has declared a state of emergency, according to Lee County Emergency Management.

The declaration was made “because of recent heavy rains that have caused the Mississippi, Des Moines and Skunk rivers to begin rising and the expected flooding that will cause severe damage to public and private property, critical infrastructure, disruption of utility service, including but not limited to power generation, water and waste-water, and endangerment of health and safety of the citizens of Lee County within the disaster area.

“Therefore, the Lee County Board of Supervisors has declared a state of emergency authorized under Iowa State Statute and will execute the expenditure of emergency funds from all available sources, the invoking of mutual aid agreements and the applying to the State of Iowa for assistance,” the board’s declaration adds.

The Mississippi River’s level at Keokuk at 6 a.m. today was 21.06 feet, according to Lock 19. Flood stage is 16 feet.

The river is expected to crest at 22.8 feet at 4 p.m. Saturday.

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