Below is from Patrick O’Malley, ISU Extension Horticulturist:
If the flooding is from primarily pooled rainwater they should be alright following previously sent precautions. However if it is from river, creek, or other source that may be contain raw sewage such as untreated release from city wastewater plants, septic systems, or livestock facilities, the general recommendation is to avoid using those garden areas for 90 days.
Jenny Vinzant, Associate Donor Resource Consultant from Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center has this related announcement:
Columbus Junction is scheduled to host a drive from 1:30 – 6:30 p.m. tomorrow (June 18th) at the Legion Hall. However, the flooding has caused the Legion to be utilized as a sandbagging station and we were left to find an alternate location. The Columbus City Masonic Lodge has graciously allowed MVRBC to use the building in order to continue blood collections.
– Date: Wednesday, June 18th
– Hours: 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
– Location: Columbus City Masonic Lodge – Corner of Columbus and Market Streets – Columbus City, IA 52737
– Goal: 40 units of blood
*As the flood waters have challenged our coordination and planning of this drive, we are relying on walk-in donors to fill our time slots and meet our goal; no need to call to schedule an appointment.
KCII would like to see your photos from local flooding, especially Louisa, Keokuk, and Washington Counties. E-mail them to firstname.lastname@example.org; please include the photographer’s name, the location, and the date it was taken.
This is a portion of a message is from Mayor of Washington, Rick Cicalo.
(Cicalo will also talk about the effort to move Colonial Manor residents to Washington on KCII’s Washington Page at 7:30 a.m. and 12:55 p.m. on KCII AM 1380 FM 106.1)
The tragedy of flooding that affects nearby Columbus Junction and Riverside, Coralville, Iowa City and Cedar Rapids if foremost on our minds. Many Washington Citizens have responded by lending assistance. The city of Washington provides potable water. The city’s fire department has connected a hose to nearby Tyson Foods as the facility has water treatment ability to aide Columbus Junction residents and we lent assistance evacuate nursing home residents to a Washington facility by mobilizing Washington County Minibus.
There is much to say about this last weekend, we were working hard, but how do you compare our efforts to those who lose their homes and livelihoods? We do it by working just as hard the next day and the next, to assist, rebuild to see our neighboring communities thriving once again. In that, I wish to thank all of you who have volunteered your time. Mayor Wilson, of Columbus Junction also wanted you to know how much he appreciated your effort. I wish to also note and thank the drivers and staff of W.C. Minibus who were eager to answer the call for assistance.
Many National Guard Soldiers have now moved from the Washington armory near the Walmart to Highland Schools to be stationed.
National Guard soldiers stationed at the Washington Armory are doing well in general for donations of food and supplies. But, Specialist Rhonda Radosevich says that after a long day of flood response work, some soldiers would appreciate recreational donations: footballs, Frisbees, playing cards, etc.
Louisa County Sheriff’s office reports the body of 35 year old Scott Jarad McCulley of Grandview was found after he had been reported missing; he was found Sunday afternoon on a search using boats. An autopsy is planned for today.