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Storm Survey Teams head to Stuart today (Tuesday)

News, Weather

July 1st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The National Weather Service in Des Moines says Preliminary Storm Surveys will take place today. Two teams will fan out to assess the damage occurring from Monday’s severe storms, and report on their findings. Their assessments will help to determine  the type of weather event that occurred (such as a Tornado or straight-line winds, hail and flooding), duration and path.  One of the teams will deploy from near Stuart to the Warren County line. The other team will cover an area between Story and Tama Counties.

The results and conclusions of the survey will be completed and uploaded to the National Weather Service website late this afternoon or early evening.

Midwest economic index inches up again

News

July 1st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A monthly economic index for nine Midwestern and Plains states has inched up again, suggesting more economic growth over the next three to six months. A report issued Tuesday says the overall Mid-America Business Conditions Index rose to 60.6 in June from 60.5 in May, hitting another three-year high. Looking six months ahead, the business confidence portion of the overall index rose to 63.6 from 62.5 in May.

The survey results from supply managers are compiled into a collection of indexes ranging from zero to 100. Survey organizers say any score above 50 suggests growth, while a score below that suggests decline.

The survey covers Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.

Mo. truck driver injured during Monday’s storm in Cass County

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July 1st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Strong, thunderstorm winds overturned a semi on Interstate 80 Monday afternoon in Cass County, causing the driver to be sent to hospital for treatment of what were described as “incapacitating injuries.” The Iowa State Patrol says the 2015 Freightliner semi driven by 56-year old Leroy Gault, of Braymer, Missouri, was traveling west on I-80 at around 12:30-p.m., when the winds tossed the rig into the median and landed on its driver’s side, near the 71-mile marker.

A passing motorist helped Gault out of the semi. He was subsequently transported by Anita Fire and Rescue to the Cass County Memorial Hospital. Interstate traffic was reduced to one lane for more than a couple of hours while crews worked to remove the semi from the accident scene.

Cass County Democrats to host District 71 candidate

News

July 1st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Cass County Democratic Party Chiar Sherry Toelle reports the Democratic Parties of Adams, Cass, Pottawattamie, and Union Counties will be hosting an afternoon with Tim Ennis, candidate for the Iowa House, District 21, on Saturday, July 12th, 2014 from 2 to 4 PM.

The event will be held at the Corning Winery’s Floating Vine, located just south of Corning. Tickets are $25 per person and can be ordered from Sherry Toelle, Chair of the Cass County Democratic Party, or
purchased at the door the day of the event. There will be complimentary hors d’oeuvres with a cash bar.

Flood Warning: East Nishnabotna River at Red Oak

News, Weather

July 1st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

521 AM CDT TUE JUL 1 2014

THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR
THE EAST NISHNABOTNA RIVER AT RED OAK.
* AT 5:15 AM TUESDAY THE STAGE WAS 19.6 FEET…OR 1.6 FEET ABOVE
FLOOD STAGE.
* FLOOD STAGE IS 18.0 FEET.
* MINOR FLOODING IS OCCURRING AND MINOR FLOODING IS FORECAST.
* FORECAST…THE RIVER WILL CONTINUE RISING TO NEAR 20.0 FEET BY THIS
MORNING. THE RIVER WILL FALL BELOW FLOOD STAGE LATE THIS AFTERNOON.
* IMPACT…AT 20.0 FEET…LOWLAND FLOODING BEGINS ALONG THE WEST BANK.

Iowa early News Headlines: Tue., July 1 2014

News

July 1st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

FAIRFAX, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a man has been killed in a building collapse caused by severe weather in eastern Iowa. The Linn County Sheriff’s Office says strong winds blew through the small community of Fairfax on Monday and caused extensive damage to a building that trapped a man. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Severe weather affected much of the state Monday, causing damage to properties and reports of extensive flooding.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Officials are warning people to stay away from boating on the Mississippi River along the eastern border of Iowa because of flooding. The state Department of Natural Resources says high water has placed large amounts of debris in the water, creating unsafe boating conditions. There are also reports of boat wakes causing flooding in cabins along the river. Officials recommend that people stay away from swimming, wading and entering the river.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Damage including flooded roads and downed power lines has been reported around Iowa as severe weather packing heavy rain and large hail moved through the state. The National Weather Service says it received dozens of reports Monday about damage caused by severe thunderstorms. Reported damage included snapped trees in Hamilton County, downed power lines in Hardin County and flash flooding in Black Hawk County.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The bishop of the Des Moines Diocese has placed a priest on indefinite administrative leave after finding a decades-old allegation of sexual abuse of a minor was credible. The diocese says Bishop Richard Pate has placed the Rev. Howard Fitzgerald on leave while the matter is forwarded to the Vatican. While on leave, Fitzgerald can’t function publicly as a priest. Pate also has asked him to not wear clerical garb.

Harlan Police warn of possible roof inspection scams

News

June 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Harlan have issued an alert to area residents about possible roof inspection scams. Officials say people are calling from the 402 area code wanting to come out and inspect roofs damaged by recent hail and wind events. The calls were directed at elderly individuals.

Additional information is expected to be released later, with regard to the validity of the roof inspection requests.

Disaster Proclamation for Adair and Guthrie Counties

News

June 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, Monday, issued a proclamation of disaster emergency for five counties in response to the ongoing flooding and severe weather that took place beginning on June 26th. Locall, Adair and Guthrie Counties are included in the proclamation, which allows State resources to be utilized to respond to and recover from the effects of the storms.

In addition, the proclamation activates the Iowa Individual Assistance Program (IAP) for Adair and Guthrie Counties. The IAP provides grants of up to $5,000 for households with incomes up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level, or a maximum annual income of $39,580, for a family of three.

Grants are available for home or car repairs, replacement of clothing or food, and for the expense of temporary housing. Original receipts are required for those seeking reimbursement for actual expenses related to storm recovery. The grant application and instructions are available of the Iowa Department of Human Services website:  http://dhs.iowa.gov/disaster-assistance-programs

Potential applicants have 45 days from the date of the proclamation to submit a claim.

Adair hit hard by wind, hail and rain

News

June 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Adair-Guthrie County Emergency Management Director Bob Kempf is asking people to stay away from the City of Adair due to the damage that resulted from hail ranging in size from ping pong balls to eggs, and heavy rain that hammered the area late Monday morning.

Flooding southwest of Adair near the Jesse James marker.

Flooding southwest of Adair near the Jesse James marker.

 

Exchange State Bank sign riddled by hail

Exchange State Bank sign riddled by hail

Tree down across a yard and street in Adair

Tree down across a yard and street in Adair

Flooding southwest of Adair along White Pole Rd at Afton Road.

Flooding southwest of Adair along White Pole Rd at Afton Road.

Leaves littered nearly every single street, stripped from the trees.

Leaves littered nearly every single street, stripped from the trees.

Kempf says there is lots of hail and wind damage to residents, businesses and vehicles, power lines and trees are down, and debris litters the streets. Unless you know someone in Adair, avoid coming to town. If you live in Adair and you need help cleaning up, call City Hall at 641-742-3751. Likewise, if you want to help with the clean-up process, call the Adair City Hall to sign-up. Work will begin Tuesday on the massive undertaking.

Kemp says there were no injuries reported. Evidence of the storm was visible west of town, along interstate 80, where a semi was blown into the median near the 71-mile marker westbound. There was also extensive crop damage from the hail, heavy rain and wind. Crops west of Adair were shredded and water gushed down through fields and out of normally dry creeks. Just south of the Jesse James train robbery marker along White Pole Road, washed roared across Afton Road just east of White-Pole near the railroad tracks. Construction signs and cones were tossed about on Interstate 80, making for some tricky driving until road crews could put them back in place.

In Adair, massive trees blocked roads, leaves were shredded and littered nearly every single street. Even the Fire Station got hit. Adair Fire and Rescue Fire Chief Jordan Smith told KJAN News there was significant damage, including shattered windows, paint stripped from siding and numerous power poles toppled. He said shortly after the storm went through there was a 9-1-1 call about a person trapped in their vehicle after a tree limb fell on top of it. Powerlines were entangled in the mess, and crews had to wait nearly 90-minutes for power crews from Alliant to arrive before the victim could be extricated. Fortunately, the person in the vehicle was not injured.

Smith’s 2007 pickup, which never had a scratch on it before the storm, was pock-marked from hail damage, and some security lights outside the fire station lay shattered on the ground. IMG_20140630_144537_230

The huge flag flies nearly untethered.

The huge flag flies nearly untethered.

The Caseys canopy is shredded in Adair

The Caseys canopy is shredded in Adair

Field1More damage in Adair

More damage in Adair

 

Storms cause damage in Atlantic and Adair

News, Weather

June 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Authorities report extensive wind and hail damage in Adair this afternoon. There was also wind damage in Atlantic. Sherry Toelle sent these images to KJAN from the 13th Street area of town. IMG_0188 IMG_0189