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Morning photos

Posted: Friday, December 19th, 2008 at 4:54 am

Downtown Washington 5:15 a.m. December 19, 2008. (Ben Stanton/KCII)

Ice cancels schools, covers roads

Posted: Friday, December 19th, 2008 at 4:40 am

Heavy ice observed downtown Washington. The Washington County Public Safety Center reports that some roads are better than others, but travel is not advised. Schools are canceled today (Friday) .

Here is an updated list:

Riverside snow emergency

Posted: Thursday, December 18th, 2008 at 6:01 pm

City of Riverside snow emergency is in effect

Rain is falling

Posted: Thursday, December 18th, 2008 at 6:00 pm

It came a little later than expected, but the freezing rain started falling shortly before 7 p.m.

Resources for the Ice Storm

Posted: Thursday, December 18th, 2008 at 12:24 pm

Carbon Monoxide Fact Sheet

CDC Extreme Cold Situations Guidelines

CDC Guidelines for Emergencies Sudden Power Loss

How to Keep Food and Water Safe

Portable Generators

Latest cancellation list

Posted: Thursday, December 18th, 2008 at 10:20 am

Here’s the latest; the list is also right here

-Washington Schools will dismiss at 1:10

-Highland dismisses at 1
no evening activities

-Keota Schools dismissing at 11:30

-Lone Tree Schools dismissing at 1

-Mt. Pleasant Public Schools dismissing at 12:40

-Sigourney Schools dismissing at 11:30

-WACO Schools dismissing at 1:10

-Wapello Schools dismissing at 1
no evening activities

-Winfield Mount Union Schools dismissing at 1
no evening activities

-Indian Hills Community College closing at noon

-Columbus Schools dismissing at 1:20

-IMS dismissing at 2

-Mid Prairie Schools Dismissing 2 hours early

-Washington Youth Wrestling has been canceled

Ice Storm Preview

Posted: Thursday, December 18th, 2008 at 8:23 am

In Touch with Southeast Iowa interview with Weathereye Meteorologist Laura Lockwood on Wednesday, December 17, 2008. Keep in mind this aired on Wednesday.

The storm is expected today (Thursday) afternoon.

Find the interview on the Radio Plus Page on the list on the right side.

See the interview list

Listen to KCII during the Midday Magazine for another “In Touch” for an update from Emergency Management Coordinator Larry Smith.

Ice Storm Preparations

Posted: Thursday, December 18th, 2008 at 7:44 am

This blog for KCII Radio in Washington, Iowa is revived today in preparation of an ice storm expected this afternoon and evening. KCII News will be posting information here through the evening and Friday if it is necessary.

We used this space during record flooding in June to bringing you any and all relevant information.

This is what the National Weather Service issued this morning about the storm:

This link has several resources for preparation for severe winter weather:


Posted: Wednesday, July 16th, 2008 at 6:34 am

Find videos from the Washington County Fair at our youtube spot.

Washington County Fair 2008

Posted: Monday, July 14th, 2008 at 3:05 pm

KCII will post some short videos of a few events this week from the fair. Listen for live updates from the Bid Red Radio, and look for it playing music this at the fairgrounds.

4-H and FFA Livestock Judging contest

Monday, July 14

Washington, Iowa
Washington County Fair

Muscatine volunteers needed

Posted: Friday, July 4th, 2008 at 3:47 am


I’ve been asked to resend this with additional numbers, as the number in the original notice goes to our office answering machine. Our office, however, is closed for the 4th of July weekend. It was thought more people may be available during the holiday weekend and we might miss some wishing to volunteer. So, if you could please run the following for this weekend, we’d really appreciate it. I’m so sorry for the inconvenience and confusion. Thanks!

Volunteers and Information in Muscatine is seeking volunteers to aid in flood recovery efforts for handicapped and elderly flood victims. If you are able-bodied and can help, please call Volunteers and Information in Muscatine at the following numbers:




Tom Brehmer

Vice Chairman, V & I Board Of Directors

Muscatine, Iowa

Contact: 563-260-5486

99 reopens in Oakville

Posted: Tuesday, July 1st, 2008 at 11:19 am

This information from Kathy Vance:

WAPELLO, Iowa- The Louisa County Emergency Management Director announced Highway 99 has been reopened in to the flooded city of Oakville. Residents are being allowed to return to their homes to begin the clean-up. Louisa County Sheriff Curt Braby is warning residents many parts of the city are still under water and to enter at their own risk.

Contractors and other professionals, volunteers and the media have also been cleared to enter the City of Oakville but must receive credentials.

Contractors and other professionals must report to the Louisa County Tax Assessors office located in the County Courthouse at 117 South Main Street in Wapello, Monday-Friday 8am-4:40pm. Contractors and professionals will have to show ID and business license.

Volunteers must report to the Solid Rock Baptist Church located in Wapello at 14041 Locust St.

Fund raising

Posted: Friday, June 27th, 2008 at 10:37 am

Polly Prior from Columbus Junction has this information:

T-shirts are for sale to help with flood relief for Columbus Junction and Louisa County.

The CJ Gazette has t-shirts for sale that the money will go into a fund to help Louisa County,the 3 cities of CJ, Wapello, and Oakville.

The business “Simply Soothing” is making t-shirts for sale to help the flood relief in Columbus Junction. They will custom make the shirt with various pictures from the flood. They also have Flood Survival baseball caps.

Farmer’s Market relocated in Columbus Junction

Posted: Tuesday, June 24th, 2008 at 5:32 am

This message also from Community Development:

The Columbus Junction farmers market has relocated due to the flood. The market will be held at the American Legion parking lot, 99 2nd St. Columbus Junction on Fridays from 4:30 to 6:30 pm until further notice. The Columbus Junction market is the only farmers market in Louisa County and is certified by the Iowa Department of Land Stewardship (IDALS) to accept Senior Nutrition Coupons and WIC vouchers. New vendors are always welcome. For more information about the Columbus Junction farmers market please contact Mallory Smith or Nitza Lopez-Castillo, Columbus Junction Community Development Center at 319-728-7971 or

Message from Columbus Junction Community Development

Posted: Tuesday, June 24th, 2008 at 5:29 am

This message is from Mallory Smith, Columbus Junction Community Development Director

The flood waters that recently wrecked havoc in Columbus Junction, Iowa left residents and visitors high and dry for places to eat. That is an unusual occurrence for this little town of 1,900 that boasts thirteen restaurants and three bars. The high water closed four of the town’s food establishments and left nine more with tables empty, under a boil order while the city’s water treatment plant was restored to normal operating conditions. On Saturday morning the boil order was lifted and cooks immediately began chopping, mixing and frying. Customers weren’t far behind. People were happy to enjoy again their favorite culinary treats that in Columbus Junction range from huevos rancheros to apple pie.

The flood of 2008 created a small business disaster for this Southeast Iowa community. High water directly or indirectly affected nearly every business in the city, almost all of which are small family-owned enterprises. The easternmost portion of the downtown business district was under water for days. Over two dozen businesses and organizations are now facing the tasks of clean up, repairs or perhaps rebuilding. Businesses above the flooded area felt the effects too due to the boil order and closed highways that left the city inaccessible from the east and north for a week. Fortunately homeowners fared better and less than 10 houses were damaged.

Even now, while water is still being pumped out of the Fairgrounds, the economic recovery effort is underway. Elias Gutierrez, Executive Director for Louisa Development Group, a countywide economic development organization, is heading up efforts to connect business owners with resources such as FEMA, Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Small Business Development Center (SBDC). “It’s vital to have these businesses up and running again. They provide jobs, pay taxes and contribute a lot to our economy,” stated Gutierrez.

City officials are hopeful that the spirit of sandbagging will extend to shopping locally. The city’s largest grocery store, Economart, was underwater and is closed. Residents are being encouraged to shop at the three Hispanic markets that carry full product lines including grocery items, produce, meat, dairy, and cleaning supplies. Another option being presented is to make the trip to Wapello, the county seat fifteen minutes away, where Economart’s owners have a second location. “It’s a very important time to shop locally, to help the economy and show community pride,” declares Mallory Smith, Columbus Junction Community Development Director.

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Another roads opens

Posted: Tuesday, June 24th, 2008 at 3:34 am

Louisa County Sheriff’s office reports Highway 61 north of Wapello is open.

Roads opening back up

Posted: Monday, June 23rd, 2008 at 9:31 am

Only this road is listed as closed by the Washington County Secondary Roads Department: Dogwood Ave. at McKains Access northwest of Brighton.

The Public Safety Center also reports Highway 22 near Riverside is open.

Louisa County Extension resources

Posted: Monday, June 23rd, 2008 at 9:25 am

Louisa County Extension Office has many resources available a their website:

Photos of Columbus Junction

Posted: Monday, June 23rd, 2008 at 6:41 am

Here are a few more images courtesy of Lyle Moen. These pictures of Columbus Junction were taken June 15.

(Lyle Moen)
(Lyle Moen)

Emergency meetings in Louisa County

Posted: Monday, June 23rd, 2008 at 6:30 am

Louisa County Extension and the Louisa County Office of Emergency Management will be holding meetings for those displaced by flooding every night at 7 p.m. at the Solid Rock Baptist Church on Locust Street in Wapello.

These informational meetings include updates on road and flood conditions in Louisa County; the latest updates on food, housing and other services; updates on aid and question and answer sessions.

The public is welcome to attend. Meetings will continue nightly until the need is met.