Chapel at Sioux Gateway Airport Will Be Moved and Preserved

Sep 17, 2019

Chapel at the Sioux Gateway Airport

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The amount of water flowing down the lower Missouri River this year is approaching the record set during the historic 2011 flood, and another round of flooding is expected this week after unusually heavy rains upstream.

Heavy rains dumped more than four times what is normal in parts of Montana, North and South Dakota, and Nebraska last week — triggering flood warnings.  The forecast for how much water will flow down the Missouri River has, in turn, jumped to 58 million acre-feet.

That will be second only to 2011's 61 million acre-feet and it means the river has stayed high all year long. 

 The Sioux City Council approved a memorandum of the agreement yesterday between the city, the Federal Aviation Administration and the Iowa State Historic Preservation Office for the proposed removal of a World War II chapel and airmen's housing project on land owned by Sioux Gateway Airport.

The small white chapel currently anchors the entrance of Sioux Gateway Airport and remains one of the last standing remnants of Sioux City's World War II airbase.

The chapel has been vacant for the past several years.

Assistant City Manager Mike Collett says the chapel would be relocated off of airport property with a nonprofit group taking ownership of the chapel and maintaining it at a new location.

 Iowa State is exploring the construction of a multi-use "arts, culture and community district' between Hilton Coliseum and Jack Trice Stadium.

The school announced the plan today, saying athletic director Jamie Pollard and Iowa State Research Park President Rick Sanders will lead a feasibility study on the area, which is mostly a series of parking lots.