Missouri River

Fears of Flooding Along Hamilton Blvd. and Dakota Dunes, 5:04

May 29, 2019

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The heavy rain may cause the southernmost, river-adjacent segment of Hamilton Boulevard to flood.

Sioux City Fire Prevention says the National Weather Service's Missouri River forecast of 29.4 feet could be enough to inundate Hamilton Boulevard near the Interstate 29 interchange. 

The Iowa Department of Transportation says it will detour routes if the road is closed.  If Hamilton Boulevard closes, it would be the second time since March that Missouri River flooding put the roadway out of service. 

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Heavy rains have once again caused flooding in Southwest Iowa.  And in Northwest Iowa, there are fears of flooding as well. Releases have been increased this week at Gavins Point Dam near Yankton, South Dakota.

As a precaution downstream, the Dakota Dunes Community Improvement District is asking residents and businesses to lower water and sewer use.  They also want people to plug all lower level drain pipes to keep sewers from backing up in basements.

People in southwest Iowa are preparing for more flooding. 

Heavy Rain Causes Closed Roads, Detours, 4:04

May 29, 2019

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Motorists using Interstate 29 in western and southwestern are back to traveling a maze of detours as a new round of flooding closes portions of Interstate 29 and other highways and roads.

State transportation officials have closed an estimated 51 miles of interstate in southwest Iowa due to recent rainfall and flooding. Detours will be in place.

Scott Suhr (Sewer) with the Iowa Department of Transportation says the D-O-T did not anticipate the recent heavy rainfall in western Iowa and had actually just re-opened some roadways like a portion of US-34.

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Current and past attorneys general from both major political parties from several states are asking Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds to veto a measure that would force Iowa's attorney general to seek permission to file out-of-state lawsuits.

They think the move designed by Republicans to keep Democratic Attorney General Tom Miller from joining lawsuits against the Donald Trump administration violates basic checks and balances.

Iowa would be the only state with such limits on an attorney general.

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Gov. Kim Reynolds has named a corporate attorney who has contributed money to her campaign to a state commission that nominates candidates for positions on the Iowa Supreme Court and the Iowa Court of Appeals.

Reynolds on Friday named Dan Huitink (HOY-tink) to the state judicial nominating commission.

Huitink is a lawyer for Vermeer Corp. in Pella and is a former assistant U.S. attorney.

Democrats have criticized the change, saying Republicans want to stack the courts in their favor after losing recent cases on abortion and same-sex marriage.

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The U.S. House passed a bill today that would provide billions of dollars for rebuilding and recovery for Americans impacted by natural disasters.

Iowa Congresswoman, Cindy Axne, a Democrat from West Des Moines, spoke on the House floor during the debate.
She says Iowans are doing what they can to recover.

Iowa has reopened a flooded stretch of the Iowa Highway 2 approach to a Missouri River bridge that links southwest Iowa to southeast Nebraska.

The Iowa Transportation Department says concrete barriers have been placed along the edges 

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U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), joined by her fellow Iowa Senator, Chuck Grassley, is urging the Army Corps of Engineers (the Corps) to immediately address communications shortcomings that were brought to light during and after the disastrous flood events in Southwest Iowa.

That’s after  a Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee field hearing she hosted and chaired in Glenwood last month, 

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The Mississippi River at the Quad Cities in Iowa and Illinois has reached a new record high.

The National Weather Service website showed the river level at just above the 22.63-foot mark reached on July 9, 1993.  Parts of downtown Davenport, remain underwater after the river tore through a temporary barrier.

The Air Force is raising its cost estimate to $420 million to repair and replace structures damaged at Nebraska's Offutt Air Force Base following severe flooding that inundated buildings with water.

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Iowa Senate Republicans are including more money for property tax relief in a bill that extends the statewide sales tax that helps pay for school infrastructure.

Democrats opposed the Senate Republicans’ proposal but supported the overall bill. Senator Joe Bolkcom is a Democrat from Iowa City.

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Congressman Steve King today responded to a campaign contribution made by former Governor Terry Branstad to one of his challengers.

State Senator Randy Feenstra from Hull is one of three Republicans trying to oust King.

He brought in four times more campaign cash than King during the first three months of this year.   One of the donors is Branstad, who is now the U.S. Ambassador to China.

“He’s over there in China.  I hope he’s putting more energy in the Chinese trade deal than primary politics in Iowa,” said Steve King.