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Noon Newscast 9.19.19: Flooding Update, Help for Hornick, Trade Deal with Taiwan

Iowa DOT

The Missouri River continues to rise and flood mostly rural land in Nebraska and Iowa, but Interstate 29 remains open near Omaha.

The Iowa DOT expects to close parts of the interstate at some point during this week's flooding. The river is expected to crest Friday morning near Omaha.

The highway remained open Thursday morning although several onramps were closed in southwest Iowa.

The lower Missouri River is flooding in Nebraska and Iowa this week because exceptionally heavy rains fell last week in Montana, North and South Dakota and Nebraska.

Officials don't expect the floodwaters to cause significant damage to communities. But many levees remain damaged from severe flooding in the spring.

The floodwaters broke through two levees Wednesday in a rural area northeast of Omaha.

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds issued a disaster proclamation for four counties in southwest Iowa over the renewed flooding threat from the Missouri River.

Reynolds also says it’s too early to know the total cost needed for flood recovery this year.

An initial estimate released by the state this spring showed the damage exceeded $1.6 billion dollars.

And, the community of Hornick, Iowa received a grant of $27,000 to repair the local American Legion Hall. 

The grant was part of a million dollars delivered yesterday by Missouri River Historical Development.

Credit MRHD

MRHD awarded a total of 17 grants to Siouxland groups and organizations including $200,000 to the foundation at MercyOne Medical Center, a $100,0000 for a gym floor for Heelan and $50,000 to Morningside College for renovations to the UPS Auditorium.

Credit Congressman Steve King

Iowa Congressman Steve King announced that Taiwan plans to buy $3.6 billion dollars worth of American corn, soybean, wheat and beef over the next two years.

Sheila Brummer returns to her radio roots as a Reporter/Special Projects Producer for Siouxland Public Media KWIT-KOJI.