Iowa Finally To Get Federal Disaster Aid, Wastewater Flows into the Little Sioux River, 5:32

Jun 4, 2019

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds (R)

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Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds says she’s grateful the U-S Congress has finally approved a 19-billion-dollar disaster aid package that includes money for Iowa communities affected by flooding.

Floodwaters devastated western Iowa in mid-March, and floods have been affecting more and more of the state since then.

Reynolds says officials haven’t been able to get a complete damage assessment yet. 

0604reynolds2: 10  “This is a good start, but I think as you continue to see catastrophic disasters happening all over the country, we’re going to need more and other areas are going to need more too.”

Reynolds adds she’ll ask President Trump when he visits Iowa next week to re-open the presidential disaster declaration to include more counties.

Little Sioux River

Untreated wastewater from a broken main is spilling into the Little Sioux River in northwest Iowa's Cherokee County.

The Iowa Natural Resources Department says the break was reported Monday morning by the town of Quimby. River flooding has kept repair crews from finding the break and fixing it.

The man who served longer than any other as the chief justice of Iowa's Supreme Court has died.

Reece Funeral Home in Ottumwa says 90-year-old Arthur McGiverin died Sunday afternoon at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City. A funeral Mass is scheduled for June 21 at St. Mary of the Visitation in Ottumwa.

McGiverin practiced law from 1956 until he was named a district court judge in 1965. He joined the high court in 1978 and was chief justice from 1987 until his retirement in 2000.