Archive for June, 2008

Bag delivery?

Posted: Friday, June 13th, 2008 at 11:12 am

Ann Moore from the Washington Chamber of Commerce reports that the Mayor called asking if anyone traveling to Columbus Junction can bring bags for sandbagging. If so, stop by the Fire station in Washington.

Highway 22 near Riverside closed

Posted: Friday, June 13th, 2008 at 11:00 am

Due to flooding, Highway 22 east of Riverside near the casino is closed.

More Washington County roads closing info

Wapello levee breach

Posted: Friday, June 13th, 2008 at 9:38 am

Louisa County Sheriff’s office reports the levee at Wapello is breached, and is not affecting Wapello city, but surrounding areas.

Items needed for donation

Posted: Friday, June 13th, 2008 at 9:27 am

Here are the items needed for the armory in Washington (post is below):

Food donations, fruit, baked goods, cases of water, Gatorade, lemonade, paper plates, cups, napkins, plastic dinnerware. Ziplock bags

Toiletries, (shampoo, body wash, toothpaste, deodorant) as they may be here for several weeks. Some have only packed for a couple of days. Joyce Dickerson says they would gladly accept monetary donations to help with the cost of supplies as well.

Donations needed

Posted: Friday, June 13th, 2008 at 9:12 am

The 134th Medical Unit has been activated as well as many other units in Iowa according to Joyce Dickerson, 134th Medical Unit Family Readiness Coordinator. She reports approximately 75 soldiers in excess of our own soldiers staying at the armory in Washington that are from Fairfield and Keokuk units. Dickerson says they have been flooded out of the armory in Iowa City, and are here as a command center. The soldiers are being sent to Columbus Junction, Iowa City or wherever needed.

Anyone who would like to help can email Joyce Dickerson( or donations may be dropped off at the armory across from HyVee at any time.

Washington County added to disaster declaration

Posted: Friday, June 13th, 2008 at 8:48 am

Governor Chet Culver has added counties to the proclaimed emergency disaster areas. The full list now includes Washington, Louisa, Jefferson, Henry, Keokuk, and Johnson Counties among others.

Brighton flooding

Posted: Friday, June 13th, 2008 at 8:47 am

Brighton City Clerk reports this morning that water is up around at least two houses near the Skunk River…reportedly higher than the ’93 flood. Water there is up to around where the river lodge used to be.

River levels continue to rise

Posted: Friday, June 13th, 2008 at 8:47 am

Iowa River levels at Columbus Junction are expected to break records and continue rising earlier than previously expected. According to measurements by the U.S. Geological Survey, the previous record of 28.3 feet is expected during the midday hours today. Current projections (10:50 a.m. Friday) show cresting Monday at about 33.2 feet.

What roads are closed?

Posted: Friday, June 13th, 2008 at 8:45 am

Highway 22 east of Riverside near the casino is expected to close at noon today according to the Washington County Sheriff.

Here are other Washington County road announcements:
Washington road closings. This link will be updated frequently today (Friday) by Washington County Secondary Roads.

Wapello Levee breach possible

Posted: Friday, June 13th, 2008 at 8:45 am

Highway 99 is closed out of Wapello. No traffic is allowed between Wapello and the bluff. Damage to the levee is reported on the north side 99, and a breach is possible at any time morning by the Louisa County Sheriff.

New location for Columbus Junction volunteers

Posted: Friday, June 13th, 2008 at 8:44 am

Water is covering parts of the east side of the road in Columbus Junction, and possibly on highway 70 as well. Columbus Junction sand bagging operation has moved to higher ground. They are now at the American Legion. Volunteers are welcome, but those coming from out of town should consider difficulty accessing roads going into the city.

School websites affected

Posted: Friday, June 13th, 2008 at 8:42 am

Because of flooding in Cedar Rapids, local school districts like Mid-Prairie and Washington’s websites and email services are temporarily down. They will restore those when possible