Today’s Local News

Louisa County Road Update

Posted: Friday, June 20th, 2008 at 12:22 pm

Louisa County Sheriff’s office reports that Highway 61 north of Wapello has considerable damage. crews are working to reopen that section and possibly could have it open again Tuesday or Wednesday.

There had been bicycle traffic allowed on 61 to accommodate commuters, but that has now been restricted again because of work underway.

Highway 92 in Columbus Junction could open again soon depending on a number of factors.

Skunk River / Corallville Photos

Posted: Friday, June 20th, 2008 at 9:18 am

More photos from Lyle Moen:

McKains Access
(Lyle Moen)

Skunk River at Brighton
(Lyle Moen)

The Coralville Strip

(Lyle Moen)

The Coralville Strip
(Lyle Moen)

Have pictures of local flooding? Email them

Coppock and Wapello photos

Posted: Friday, June 20th, 2008 at 6:40 am

Today KCII will post several photos submitted by Lyle Moen, who graciously allowed us to bring them to you. Moen was able to get a ride in an airplane Sunday and document Washington and Louisa Counties’ events.

Construction of a new bridge in Coppock was already underway before the floods came through.

(Lyle Moen)

This is Wapello
(Lyle Moen)

Throughout today, more birds-eye view shots will be posted as we upload them.

Family reunion relocated

Posted: Friday, June 20th, 2008 at 4:17 am

A family reunion has been relocated. The 86th John A. Rees family reunion that was scheduled for Saturday, June 21 at the Chautauqua Park in Columbus Junction has been relocated to the first shelter at Marr park near Ainsworth at noon Saturday.

John McCain reacts to Columbus Junction visit

Posted: Thursday, June 19th, 2008 at 12:05 pm

Senator John McCain visited Columbus Junction today, and he the guest on KCII’s In Touch with Southeast Iowa for a reaction to that visit. Hear the program Friday at 12:50 p.m.

Tyson Foods Paychecks

Posted: Thursday, June 19th, 2008 at 10:56 am

Tyson Fresh Meats in Columbus Junction will be distributing paychecks at the plant security building between noon and 4 p.m. today (Thursday). Workers must have their work ID with them.

School websites back up and running

Posted: Thursday, June 19th, 2008 at 7:54 am

Washington School’s website is back up. many school were affected because Grant Wood AEA in Cedar Rapids was affected by flooding, and that meant the school websites were offline for a time. they are now back up. Here are some:

McCain coming to Columbus Junction

Posted: Thursday, June 19th, 2008 at 6:35 am

G.O.P presumptive presidential nominee Senator John McCain is planning a visit to Columbus Junction today. His press office indicates the Senator will be visiting with the mayor and local officials to discuss recent flooding that set record levels. Senator McCain is expected to arrive shortly before noon today

Levee map

Posted: Thursday, June 19th, 2008 at 3:57 am

Here is a levee map from the Army Corp of Engineers about possible levee problems on the Mississippi. Levee map

Provided by Louisa Extension Office

Riverside and Iowa City photo submissions

Posted: Wednesday, June 18th, 2008 at 11:09 am

Some photos submitted by Michael and Amber McHugh. These were taken the evening of Sunday, June 15.

Do you have photos to submit? Send them to

English River up into the ball fields on W-61 in Riverside
(Michael and Amber McHugh)
Riverside Drive and Hwy 6 in Iowa City(Michael and Amber McHugh)

Iowa River just East of Riverside Casino
(Michael and Amber McHugh)

Bottled water

Posted: Wednesday, June 18th, 2008 at 10:19 am

Columbus Junction and Columbus City must boil their water. Bottled water is available at Columbus School from 3 to 5 p.m. today (Wednesday). Those with larger water containers can have those filled also.

Brighton flooding photos

Posted: Wednesday, June 18th, 2008 at 9:40 am

The Skunk River in Brighton reportedly reached levels higher than in 1993. Here are some photos Andrew Schneider took late last week.

Do you have photos of flooding (especially in Washington, Keokuk, or Louisa County?) Send them to:
Include the photographers name,when it was taken and what exactly it is a picture of.

(Andrew Schneider)

(Andrew Schneider)

(Andrew Schneider)

(Andrew Schneider)

(Andrew Schneider)

(Andrew Schneider)

Some roads re-open

Posted: Wednesday, June 18th, 2008 at 8:30 am

These roads are now open in Washington County, previously closed due to flooding.

* Willow Ave north of 130th Street east of Riverside
* 130th Street east of old 218 southeast of Riverside
* 150th Street near the Johnson-Washington County line southeast of Riverside

Here is the County Secondary Roads Dept list of roads closed.

Reminder: Highway 22 east of Riverside is also still closed.

United Methodist Church "Flood Bucket"

Posted: Wednesday, June 18th, 2008 at 7:58 am

The United Methodist Church in Washington is putting together “flood buckets” with cleaning supplies to give to those affected; it’s $45 per bucket. Financial donations to purchase them or items to put in them are accepted.

Here is what they contain.

Drop off donations or call the church 653-5446.

Cause of death verified as drowning

Posted: Wednesday, June 18th, 2008 at 7:45 am

Southeast Iowa flooding claims a life.

An earlier post indicated the Louisa County Sheriff’s office found the body of 35 year old Scott McCulley of Grandview after he had been reported missing; he was found Sunday afternoon on a search using boats. Autopsy results are still pending, but Sergeant Josh Helscher believes the cause of death is drowning.

Damage assessment phone numbers

Posted: Wednesday, June 18th, 2008 at 6:36 am

These are numbers to call if you need assistance in Washington and Keokuk with damage assessment from flooding.

Sigourney: 641-622-2528

Washington: 319-653-3015

Flood Relief

Posted: Wednesday, June 18th, 2008 at 3:39 am

This information is from the City of Columbus Junction

To those wishing to make a cash donation please mail them to:

United Fund of Columbus Junction
P.O. Box 263
Columbus Junction, Iowa, 52738

Or you can drop them off to Nitza at the Community Development Center office in the New Civic Center across from City Hall or you can drop your check off at any of the two banks downtown Columbus Junction. Please mark your checks Flood Relief 2008.

National Guard Wedding tomorrow in Columbus Junction

Posted: Wednesday, June 18th, 2008 at 3:30 am

Columbus Junction City Councilor Hal Prior has this announcement:

A day of sunshine after the darkness of record floods. Iowa National Guard Specialist E-4 Curtis Lloyd Wright, 3655 CRC, 1st Detachment and Danielle Ritter will be getting married early Thursday afternoon (Exact time yet to be determined) on the Highway 92 viaduct in Columbus Junction, Iowa overlooking the scenic flood waters of the Iowa River. Both the Bride and Groom are from Macksburg, Iowa. The Groom is currently on deployment in Columbus Junction for Flood duty. The National Guard Chaplin will be performing the ceremony.

Photos of Columbus Junction

Posted: Tuesday, June 17th, 2008 at 3:39 pm

Columbus Junction City has collected many pictures of flooding there. this is one of them:

Find more photos documenting Columbus Junctions flood and flood fighting efforts:

Baptist Church needs help

Posted: Tuesday, June 17th, 2008 at 3:36 pm

The Red Cross Shelter set up in the Wapello Baptist Church –Solid Rock, 14014 Locust Street needs volunteers to assist people with registering for FEMA online or by telephone. 11:30 to 2 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m….Also people are needed to help serve meals and clean up….Other people are needed at Solid Rock at the information desk or to help organize and stock supply rooms, register new shelter residents. Just answer general questions people might have.

Call and set up a time at 319-523-5320

This information from Kathy Vance at Louisa County ISU Extension