Flooding Again Closes Section of I-29, Grassley Grandson to Lead Iowa House

Oct 7, 2019

I-29 Road closure, Monday, October 7, 2019, courtesy, IDOT

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Renewed flooding over the weekend has again forced the closure of a ten-mile section of Interstate 29. Due to water over the highway, it’s barricaded from Exit 61 near Crescent to Exit 71 near Loveland. It’s at least the fourth time I-29 has been closed by flooding in western Iowa this year and that stretch of roadway was just opened by the DOT on Friday.

The Missouri River at Omaha is rising and should crest near flood stage at 29 feet later today.

Republicans have chosen Pat Grassley to lead the Iowa House of Representatives. The announcement comes a week after Speaker Linda Upmeyer announced she’s stepping down from the top role in the chamber.

Grassley is a 36-year-old farmer in New Hartford and grandson of U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley. He says House Republicans are unified after his election.

Grassley previously chaired the House committee that oversees budget work. He is considered the speaker-select until the full House votes to install him as speaker in January.

House Republicans elected Matt Windschitl of Missouri Valley as their new majority leader.

A professor from Northwest Iowa is running for the state Senate District 2 seat now held by Republican Randy Feenstra.  Feenstra is vacating the position as he runs instead for the US House 4th district seat held by Steve King.

Jeff Taylor, a Dordt University political science professor who lives in Sioux Center, announced his candidacy in a press release.

Feenstra confirmed Monday to the Journal that he won't be seeking re-election to Senate District 2.

Taylor said he is a constitutional conservative with a consistent pro-life stance. In 2012, he was a delegate to the Republican National Convention