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Flood Warning extended to Saturday morning for west/s.w. IA Counties

Weather

March 15th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

The National Weather Service has extended a Flood Warning for certain western and southwest Iowa Counties through 9:45-a.m. Saturday, March 16th. Counties still under a Flood Warning include: Mills-Shelby-Monona-Pottawattamie-Montgomery-Fremont-Harrison and Page. At 9:43-a.m. today (Friday), residual extensive flooding continued as rivers and streams expand to areas unaccustomed to flooding. Travel is still hazardous, and is discouraged. Please do not drive across flooded roadways.

Flood Warning for counties/areas in bright green.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

Turn around, don`t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles. Excessive runoff from heavy rainfall will cause flooding of small creeks and streams, country roads, farmland, and other low lying spots. A Flood Warning means that flooding is imminent or occurring. All interested parties should take necessary precautions immediately.

The Flood Warning for Cass-Adair-Adams-Audubon-Guthrie-Ringgold-Taylor and Union Counties was allowed to expire this morning.

Skyscan Forecast for Atlantic & the area: 3/15/2019

Weather

March 15th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

Today: *FLOOD WARNING until 10:15-a.m.* Partly cloudy & windy. High 42. NW @ 15-30 mph.

Tonight: P/Cldy. Low 20. NW @ 5-10.

Tomorrow: P/Cldy. High 46. W @ 10.

Sunday: P/Cldy. High 46.

Monday: P/Cldy. High 44.

Yesterday’s High in Atlantic was 40. Our Low this morning (as of 7-a.m.) was 29. Rainfall at KJAN yesterday was .06” (for a total of .97″ over the past few days). Last year on this date our High was 59 and the Low was 26. The record High in Atlantic on this date was 79 in 2003. The Record Low was 0 in 1944.

Area Roads closed (as of 6:50-a.m., 3/15)

News, Weather

March 15th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

According to 511ia.org, the following roads remain closed or are partially open, in the listening area, due to flooding:

  • IA Highway 48 between U-S 59 and County Road J-32 (At Shenandoah) is closed in both directions (detour)
  • U-S Hwy 59 between IA 48 and J-14 (near Shenandoah) is closed in both directions. (Detour)
  • Highway 6 in Pott. County, west of Highway 59, is closed in both directions to the Treynor turn-off. A detour is in-place
  • Highway 59 N. of I-80 is down to one-lane
  • Highway 2 between Shenandoah and Farragut is closed in both directions. (Detour)
  • Highway 333 at Hamburg, is closed between I-29 and Hwy 275 (detour)
  • Highway 30 from Missouri Valley to I-29 is closed in both directions, a detour was established
  • Highway 30 between Dunlap and Logan is closed in both directions.
  • Interstate 29 from Council Bluffs to Missouri Valley is closed in both directions.
  • I-680 from I-29 west into Omaha (The Mormon Bridge) is closed in both directions.
  • Highway 44 westbound between Panora and Dallas Center is closed.
  • U-S Highway 169 between Highway 6 and Hwy 44 near Adel is closed in both directions.

Flood Warnings continue for western Iowa today (3/15)

Weather

March 15th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

Counties: Madison-Audubon-Adair-Cass-Union-Guthrie-Adams-Ringgold-Taylor-Dallas…A FLOOD WARNING FOR URBAN AREAS AND SMALL STREAMS FOR RAIN AND SNOWMELT REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1015 AM CDT FRIDAY

Local law enforcement and Iowa DOT have reported flooding across the warned area. This has been a result of rain and snow melt over the last two days. There have been a few state highways throughout the warned area thatare closed due to flooding.

Several gravel roads have become too saturated to safely operate a vehicle on. In addition, several local creeks and streams have had rapid responses. Flooding on roads overnight will be difficult to spot.

A FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES until 9:30-a.m. today for the following:

  • West Nishnabotna River At Hancock affecting Pottawattamie County.
  • West Nishnabotna River At Randolph affecting Fremont County.
  • Nishnabotna River Above Hamburg affecting Fremont County.
  • East Nishnabotna River At Red Oak affecting Montgomery County.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

Turn around, don`t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood
deaths occur in vehicles.

Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize the
dangers of flooding.

In hilly terrain there are hundreds of low water crossings which are
potentially dangerous in heavy rain. Do not attempt to cross flooded
roads. Find an alternate route.

Governor Reynolds issues disaster proclamation in response to flooding

News, Weather

March 14th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds issued a disaster proclamation today for the State of Iowa in response to flooding and severe weather beginning March 13th and continuing. Earlier today, she activated Iowa’s State Emergency Operations Center to coordinate the response to Iowa’s flooding.

The Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEMD) along with several state and federal agencies, is monitoring rapidly-evolving conditions at locations throughout the state.

The governor’s proclamation allows state resources to be utilized to respond to and recover from the effects of this severe weather across the entire state and activates the Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program for qualifying residents, along with the Disaster Case Management Program for these 21 counties: Butler, Cerro Gordo, Clayton, Hancock, Harrison, Humboldt, Ida, Iowa, Kossuth, Mills, Monona, Montgomery, O’Brien, Pottawattamie, Sioux, Webster, Winnebago, Winneshiek, Woodbury, Worth, and Wright.

The Individual Assistance Grant Program 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 $41,560 for a family of three. Grants are available for home or car repairs, replacement of clothing or food and temporary housing expenses. Original receipts are required for those seeking reimbursement for actual expenses related to storm recovery. The grant application and instructions are available on the Iowa Department of Human Services website. Potential applicants have 45 days from the date of the proclamation to submit a claim (April 29, 2019).

Disaster Case Management is a program to address serious needs to overcome a disaster-related hardship, injury or adverse condition. Disaster case managers work with clients to create a disaster recovery plan and provide guidance, advice and referral to obtain a service or resource. There are no income eligibility requirements for this program; it closes 180 days from the date of the governor’s proclamation. For information on the Disaster Case Management Program, contact your local community action association or visit www.iowacommunityaction.org.

Residents of counties impacted by the recent severe weather are asked to report damage to help local and state officials better understand the damage sustained. Damage to property, roads, utilities and other storm-related information may be reported. This information will be collected by the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and shared with local emergency management agencies.

Flood Warning extended for some area Counties

Weather

March 14th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

Cass-Adair-Adams-Audubon-Dallas-Guthrie-Madison-Union-Ringgold and Taylor Counties...

The National Weather Service in Des Moines has issued a Flood Warning for Urban Areas and Small Streams for Rain and Snowmelt until 10:15-a.m. Friday.

* At 1009 AM CDT, the combination of recent rainfall and snowmelt has resulted numerous creeks and streams out of their banks and widespread overland flooding. Local county DOTs and law enforcement continue to report many secondary roads with water over them or closed. Gravel roads are also likely very saturated and difficult to operate a vehicle on. Additional light rain is possible today.

Mills-Shelby-Monona-Pottawattamie-Montgomery- Fremont-Harrison and Page Counties: A FLOOD WARNING remains in effect until 6:30-p.m. today (Thursday).

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

Turn around, don`t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles. In hilly terrain there are hundreds of low water crossings which are potentially dangerous. Do not attempt to cross flooded roads. Find an alternate route.

Skyscan Forecast for Atlantic & the area: 3/14/2019

Weather

March 14th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

Today: FLOOD WARNING until Noon* Wind Advisory until 10-p.m. * Mostly cloudy w/scattered light rain. High in the low 50’s this morning, dropping into the upper 30’s this afternoon. S-NW @ 15-25

Tonight: Mo. Cldy, windy & colder, w/light snow or flurries. Low 27. NW @ 15-30.

Tomorrow: P/Cldy. High 41. NW @ 15-30.

Saturday: P/Cldy. High 46.

Sunday: P/Cldy. High 46.

Yesterday’s High in Atlantic was 58. Our Low was 40. Rainfall at KJAN was .55”. Last year on this date our High was 66 and the Low was 24. The record High in Atlantic on this date was 78 in 2012. The Record Low was -12 in 1975.

Wind Advisories continue for the area (3/14)

Weather

March 14th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

Audubon-Guthrie-Dallas-Cass-Adair-Madison-Adams-Union-Taylor-Ringgold Counties…AWIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 PM CDT THIS EVENING..Strong and gusty winds expected across southern Iowa this morning. A brief break is possible before strengthening again this afternoon and evening. * WINDS…Southeast 25 to 35 mph gusting to near 45 mph. Switching from the northwest by mid to late afternoon. * IMPACTS…Gusty winds may make travel difficult for high- profile vehicles.

Monona-Harrison-Shelby-Pottawattamie-Mills-Montgomery-Fremont- Page….WIND ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT FROM 9 AM THIS MORNING TO 8 PM CDT THIS EVENING…

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A Wind Advisory means that sustained winds of 30 mph or wind gusts of 45 mph or greater are expected. Winds this strong can make driving difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. Use extra caution.

Flood warnings continue for western/southwest Iowa

Weather

March 14th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

A FLOOD WARNING FOR SMALL STREAMS REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON CDT TODAY (THURSDAY) FOR CASS…UNION…ADAMS…RINGGOLD…TAYLOR AND ADAIR COUNTIES…

A FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR THE WEST/SOUTHWEST COUNTIES UNTIL 6:30-P.M. OR UNTIL CANCELLED.

Although the rain has ended, standing water is still possible in some spots. Low lying areas will still likely be impacted.

The Flood Warning affects the following rivers:

  • Missouri River Near Blair affecting Harrison County
  • Missouri River At Omaha affecting Pottawattamie County
  • Missouri River at Plattsmouth affecting Mills County.
  • Missouri River At Nebraska City affecting Fremont County.
  • Boyer River At Logan affecting Harrison County.
  • West Nishnabotna River At Hancock affecting Pottawattamie County.
  • West Nishnabotna River At Randolph affecting Fremont County.
  • East Nishnabotna River At Red Oak affecting Montgomery County.
  • Nishnabotna River Above Hamburg affecting Fremont County.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

Turn around, don`t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles. Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize the dangers of flooding. Excessive runoff from heavy rainfall will cause flooding of small creeks and streams, country roads, farmland, and other low lying spots.

Highway 59 closure and some evacuations around Harlan

News, Weather

March 13th, 2019 by Chris Parks

The Shelby County Sheriff’s office reported at 10:00pm Wednesday that Highway 59 south of Harlan is closed at the Corley Bridge due to water rising and crossing over the roadway. Traffic is being diverted. Please plan an alternate route for travel.

Shelby County EMA has also announced that there has also been a mandatory evacuation of Westridge Trailer Court and the southern homes of Exchange Street in Harlan. A shelter has been set up at 2712 12th St., the Community Health Building.