UPDATE: Aurelia residents cleared to return home

City of Aurelia evacuated due to ammonia leak

UPDATE: At 9:40 PM Monday night the Aurelia Fire Department and Sioux City Hazmat team was able to cap the leaking anhydrous tank.

The scene has been rendered safe.

UPDATE: 5:45 PM

All residents may return home, but officials ask residents to avoid the area around the co-op.UPDATE : The Cherokee County Emergency Management office say that some residents have been cleared to return home.

UPDATE: 2:39 PM

The Cherokee County Sheriff says the evacuation in Aurelia is still in place.

This evacuation is a precautionary measure to assure safety.

The Sheriff say that at this time no injuries or illness has been reported, however it is still important to remain out of the area until the all clear is given.

Responders including Emergency Management, Fire & Rescue, HazMat, DNR, First Coop and Law Enforcement are working diligently to stop and contain the leak, assure safety and get people home as quickly as safely possible.

A leak in a value at the Farmers Co-op was reported about 10:00 am this morning.

UPDATE: 1:30pm

If you have kids that were evacuated to Alta, you will need to pick them up there.

They will not be brought back to Aurelia.

UPDATE: The Cherokee County Emergency Management Agency says, " The city of Aurelia is being evacuated from Maple to Main up to 6th due to an Ammonia Leak at the First Coop.

Please take your animals and leave your residence immediately. The Alta Community Center and Cherokee Community Center are available if needed."

Sioux City Fire Rescue Hazmat is also en route to Aurelia.

The ammonia leak was reported just before 10:00 am at the First Coop.


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An ammonia leak at an agricultural elevator in Aurelia is forcing some evacuations.

The Aurelia Economic Development Corporation says on their Facebook page, that : "Due to an Ammonia leak, the Alta-Aurelia Elementary and Middle School students are being evacuated to the Alta High School. Please help spread the word."

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