Archive for June, 2008

Boat ban update

Posted: Sunday, June 15th, 2008 at 4:00 am

Public safety is the concern leading to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office ordering a ban on any boat operations on the Iowa River, Skunk River, and English Rivers. It says that no one can enter into the areas affected by flooding unless authorized by the officer in charge if the search and rescue or disaster operation.

No unauthorized boats on the English, Skunk, or Iowa Rivers

Columbus Junction levee breaks

Posted: Saturday, June 14th, 2008 at 8:30 pm

ISU Extension in Louisa County reports that the levee in Columbus Junction has broken. Earlier this evening a levee near Oakville also broke.

Mandatory evacuation for Fredonia

Posted: Saturday, June 14th, 2008 at 2:12 pm

Louisa County Sheriff’s office reports a mandatory evacuation is in effect for Fredonia.

Reminder: Oakville also has a mandatory evacuation by Monday. (details in a post below)

Donations to Iowa City Red Cross

Posted: Saturday, June 14th, 2008 at 2:04 pm

Donations to Iowa City Red Cross are requested to Shirley at 461-8079.

She is taking a trip up to Iowa City and is looking for:

-bottled water
-diapers
-baby wipes
-formula

Donations still needed at armory

Posted: Saturday, June 14th, 2008 at 1:33 pm

The Washington armory is housing soldiers from the 134th Medical, and other National Guard units from the area. The armory is across from the Washington Hy-vee.

These items are especially needed to be donated; drop them off any time of the day:
-ice (they need plenty)
-personal-sized hand sanitizer
-individual packaged snacks like granola bars (or other “grab and go” snacks)
-water
-Gatorade

Baked goods are not as useful as the items listed above.

Boat ban

Posted: Saturday, June 14th, 2008 at 1:31 pm

Washington County Public Safety Center reports that there is a “boat ban.” For safety reasons, no boats except DNR boats are wanted in the Highway 22 area.

Washington road closings update

Posted: Saturday, June 14th, 2008 at 11:29 am

The Washington County Engineer’s Office announces the following roads are closed due to flooding:

* Nutmeg Ave and Poplar Blvd southeast of Kalona
Dogwood Ave at McKains Access northwest of Brighton
* 250th Street northeast of Ainsworth
* Willow Ave north of 130th Street east of Riverside
* Locust Street in the city of Coppock
* 130th Street east of old 218
* 150th Street near the Johnson-Washington County line

Residents encountering flooded roadways should turn around and not attempt to drive through water. Residents may contact the Washington County Sheriff’s Office at 319-653-2107 if they encounter additional flooded roadways.

This is the County Secondary roads website for closed roads.

Columbus Junction facing major difficulties

Posted: Saturday, June 14th, 2008 at 9:53 am

The effort in Columbus Junction may not overcome the rising water. Volunteer Mary Wilson says they are at a turning point. The water is rising faster than they can handle, they are ceasing sandbagging operations.

They no longer want people to use the water in Columbus Junction, although it is not contaminated. Columbus City is having their water shut off.

Some people’s homes will likely be abandoned to rising water, some may be seeking shelter. Wilson says that city leaders and officials are meeting to assess the next step.

Paws and More announcement

Posted: Saturday, June 14th, 2008 at 8:19 am

Paws and More in Washington needs kennels and litter boxes, they are taking in animals displaces by the flooding and you can call them at 653-4796

Hills needs volunteers

Posted: Saturday, June 14th, 2008 at 8:17 am

Residents of Hills ask for volunteers to help out as water levels rise and cause problems there.

Going to Illinois?

Posted: Saturday, June 14th, 2008 at 6:23 am

Here are some options the Louisa County Sheriff’s office compiled, but keep in mind, river levels continue to rise, this information is subject to change.

Routes to Illinois.

Route to Illinois

Posted: Saturday, June 14th, 2008 at 3:26 am

Washington County Public Safety Center reports the best bet for getting to Illinois from Washington is going through Burlington.

Louisa County road update

Posted: Saturday, June 14th, 2008 at 3:23 am

All roads leading north and east of Columbus Junction, Wapello and Oakville are closed. That includes Highway 61, Highway 70 and County Road X-61, (which is Stewart Road), and all other secondary roads.

This situation could last many days and possibly more than a week according to the Louisa County Sheriff.

More bags for Columbus Junction

Posted: Friday, June 13th, 2008 at 2:27 pm

Washington Mayor Rick Cicalo reports 14,000 sand bags have been freed from a state system; they were stored at the staging base in Washington. They are getting sent to Columbus Junction.

Sheriff’s details on evacuation for Oakville

Posted: Friday, June 13th, 2008 at 1:57 pm

Code Red Alert from the Louisa County Sheriff’s Office states there is a mandatory evacuation of Oakville and surrounding bottoms. This includes areas north of the Hawkeye Dolby Ditch to the Iowa River Bridge West of Oakville. Residents must be evacuated by 8 a.m. Monday (6/16/2008) morning. Officers ask that you place a white piece of paper on the front door to let them know the residence has indeed been evacuated. National Guard are being sent to the area for security. Please remember:

Solid Rock Baptist Church 14041 Locust Street, Wapello, 523-5320

- Will be a local shelter 24/7

- Will be serving 2 meals a day at noon and evening

- They will be serving residents needs through the duration of the flood and until it is

safe for families to return to their homes

- They are setting up mobile shower and laundry facilities

- You may go just for meals or showering even if you do not need to stay at the shelter

- They currently do not need supply support as they are being supported by the Red Cross

Evacuation order given to Oakville

Posted: Friday, June 13th, 2008 at 1:47 pm

Louisa County Sheriff’s Office reports a mandatory evacuation is ordered for Oakville by Monday, June 16.

Volunteers still needed

Posted: Friday, June 13th, 2008 at 12:35 pm

Columbus Junction reportedly remains very low or out of bags for sandbagging. But volunteers are still needed. Ann Moore from the Washington Chamber of Commerce says they can use help serving meals at the American Legion in Columbus Junction.

The roads between Washington and Columbus Junction remains open.

New record in Columbus Junction

Posted: Friday, June 13th, 2008 at 12:21 pm

The Iowa River at Columbus Junction has now surpassed the record level set in 1993. The Friday at 1 p.m. observation from the U.S. Geological Survey shows 28.41 feet. The previous record was 28.3. The forecast currently shows the level could reach 33.2 feet by Monday.

In Touch with Southeast Iowa

Posted: Friday, June 13th, 2008 at 12:06 pm

Here is KCII’s update from Emergency Management Coordinator Larry Smith, and from Columbus Junction Mary Wilson gives us the latest: Listen to the interview.

Shuttle for Volunteers

Posted: Friday, June 13th, 2008 at 11:52 am

This information is from the Washington Chamber of Commerce:

Riverside Casino & Golf Resort is organizing volunteers to help sandbag in various locations that are in need of assistance. A shuttle will provide transportation to and from the work sites, departing from the casino on:

Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

Depart at 8 a.m. and return at 12:30 p.m.

Depart at 1:00 p.m. and return at 4:30 p.m.

Depart at 5:00 p.m. and return at 9:30 p.m.

· Volunteers need to meet in front of the security desk or at the employee entrance of the casino (East side of the building) before the departure times.

· Please wear boots and gloves, and bring a shovel if you have one.