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Many Siouxlanders spent the day digging out from a winter storm that cancelled schools and dumped several inches of snow. 

Others, especially kids decided to go sledding.

Spencer, Iowa saw the biggest amount at ten-and-a-half inches, Spirit Lake, eight inches and the Sioux Gateway Airport almost six inches. 

Today’s sunny weather helped melt some of the snow on roads. 

However, with temperatures falling well below freezing tonight could create slick conditions.

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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says high water levels from the Missouri River likely played into a drinking water violation in Sioux City involving disinfection byproducts.

Samples collected mid-August at one of the city’s eight testing sites showed it was a little bit above the Environmental Protection Agency’s standard for trihalomethanes. The city’s running average for that site for the last year is also above the standard.

Julie Sievers is an environmental specialist senior with the Iowa D-N-R. 

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The Missouri River is closed to all commercial and recreational vessels, from St. Louis to just north of Sioux City, mile marker 750.  The US Coast Guard says the closure is due to existing hazards such as drift and high water.  Boats may cause damage to or overtopping of levees. The closure will remain in effect until water levels decrease to a safe condition. 

Untreated wastewater has stopped flowing into the Little Sioux River at Cherokee County.

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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. 

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Officials with the state Department of Natural Resources are encouraging Iowans to stay out of Iowa streams until after the waters recede following heavy rainfall and flash flooding that has caused multiple wastewater and manure releases. 

While fast stream currents are the biggest risk for people, DNR officials said, high waters also can carry dangerous debris and bacteria.

Officials in the eastern Iowa city of Davenport say the city is building a bigger flood barrier in the wake of a breach in April that sent floodwaters rushing into downtown streets.

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While the school year is winding down, food insecure kids who normally rely on school lunches have some options.

There will be hundreds of meal sites across the state this summer where children can go to eat at no charge. 

The Department of Education’s Stephanie Dross coordinates the program, which she says strives to meet kids where they are.

Siouxland Public Media News, 5:32, 03.29.19

Mar 29, 2019

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President Donald Trump has issued a new presidential permit allowing construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, two years after he first approved the long-stalled project.

The permit issued today replaces one granted in March 2017. It is intended to speed up development of the controversial pipeline, which would ship crude oil from tar sands in western Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast.

Siouxland Public Media Newscast, 4:04, 03.29.19

Mar 29, 2019

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Transportation officials say it will take months to repair major roads in western Iowa damaged by spring flooding.

State transportation official Scott Suhr says crews were on site Thursday to inspect some of the worst damages on parts of Interstate's 29 and 680, Highway 34 and state highway 2.

Suhr says around 25 miles of interstate in southwest Iowa and roughly 14 miles of roads north of Council Bluffs remain closed Thursday afternoon due to washed away shoulders, eroded pavement and scattered waste.

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In order to offset the costs of a new sewage treatment plant, Orange City residents are paying higher sewer rates.  Doug Calsbeek of the Sioux County Capital-Democrat has this report.

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Newscast, 4:32, Thursday, June 8, 2017

Jun 8, 2017

Siouxland Republican Congressman weighs in on former FBI director James Comey's testimony before a Senate Committee (in advance), a UNO professor is offering free lectures on the August 21st solar eclipse and Iowa's oak trees are being hurt by agricultural herbicides.