Flash Flood Watch Issued for SW IA

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July 7th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The National Weather Service early this (Monday) morning issued a Flash Flood Watch for those counties in southwest Iowa that are located along and south of Interstate 80. The Watch begins at 7-p.m. Monday and ends at 7-a.m. Tuesday.

Counties in dark green are under a Flash Flood Watch.

Counties in dark green are under a Flash Flood Watch.

Flash Flood Watch Fremont-Pott.-Mills-Montgomery-Page Counties

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July 7th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

COUNTIES: POTTAWATTAMIE-MILLS-MONTGOMERY-FREMONT-PAGE-

351 AM CDT MON JUL 7 2014

FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM 7-PM THIS EVENING THROUGH 7-AM TUESDAY. 

THUNDERSTORMS PRODUCING HEAVY RAIN ARE FORECAST TO MOVE ACROSS THE AREA THIS EVENING. SOME AMOUNTS OF 2 INCHES OR MORE ARE POSSIBLE. RECENT HEAVY RAINS HAVE NEARLY SATURATED THE SOIL MAKING RUNOFF FROM HEAVIER RAIN MORE LIKELY. THIS COULD LEAD TO FLOODING OR FLASH FLOODING.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT CONDITIONS MAY DEVELOP THAT LEAD TO FLASH FLOODING. FLASH FLOODING IS A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION.  YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHOULD FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS BE ISSUED.

 

Flash Flood Watch issued for parts of s.w. Iowa Monday-Tue.

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July 7th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

COUNTIES: CASS-ADAIR-ADAMS-UNION-TAYLOR-RINGGOLD-

338 AM CDT MON JUL 7 2014

FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM THIS EVENING THROUGH TUESDAY MORNING...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DES MOINES HAS ISSUED A FLASH FLOOD WATCH  IN EFFECT FROM 7-PM THIS EVENING UNTIL 7-AM TUESDAY. THUNDERSTORMS WILL PRODUCE HEAVY RAINFALL ACROSS PORTIONS OF NORTHERN MISSOURI AND SOUTHERN IOWA…WHICH COULD LEAD TO FLASH FLOODING.

FLASH FLOODING IS PARTICULARLY DANGEROUS AT NIGHT. THE DEPTH OF WATER OVER ROADS CAN BE VERY DECEPTIVE. DO NOT DRIVE THROUGH WATER COVERING THE ROADWAY.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT CONDITIONS MAY DEVELOP THAT LEAD TO FLASH FLOODING. FLASH FLOODING IS A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION. YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHOULD FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS BE ISSUED.

 

Iowa early News Headlines: Mon., July 7th 2014

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July 7th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

REINBECK, Iowa (AP) — Several tornadoes were reported and at least two homes were damaged after a line of severe storms passed through central Iowa. Meteorologist Kurt Kotenberg says the National Weather Service received reports of tornadoes Sunday night in Grundy, Tama and Jasper counties. No injuries were reported.

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — A 3-year-old Iowa boy is in critical condition after falling out of a second-story window at home. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports Carter McOmber fell Saturday morning after leaning against a window screen in an upstairs bedroom. Cedar Falls police say Carter suffered life-threatening injuries in the fall.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Eastern Iowa officials continue to watch the swollen rivers and lakes closely. A number of low-lying areas along the Mississippi River have already been flooded, but reservoirs and levees are generally containing the water. Emergency management officials say the main threat over the next several days will be rain.

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — The flooded Mississippi River became something of a tourist attraction over the weekend in eastern Iowa. The Quad-City Times reports crowds of people visited Davenport’s skybridge Saturday to get a view of the floodwaters. The river crested this weekend at nearly 21 feet at Davenport.

AMES, Iowa (AP) — The recent heavy rains and flooding in Iowa created prime breeding areas for mosquitoes. Experts say it’s not clear whether the increase in mosquitoes will lead to more cases of West Nile virus. Ames Parks and Recreation Director Keith Abraham says the city takes steps to control the mosquito population at Brookside Park and several other locations.

Update: Central Iowa woman dies in Cass County Crash

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July 6th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A Polk County woman died during a crash in a construction zone on Interstate 80 Sunday afternoon, in Cass County. The accident happened at around 3:40-p.m. near the Marne exit. Iowa State Patrol says 26-year old Christina Franz, of Bondurant, who was the driver of the car, died at the scene. Her brother, 24-year old Trevor Franz, also of Bondurant, was a passenger in the car. He was injured and transported by ambulance to the Cass County Memorial Hospital, in Atlantic. Both occupants were wearing their seat belts.

Authorities say the pair was traveling westbound in the left lane on I-80 in a 2004 Pontiac Grand Am, when they came upon a 2000 Kenworth semi driven by 36-year old Jody Baker, of Buho, ID, that was stopped in the left lane due to traffic merging in the lane in a construction zone.The car rear-ended the trailer of the semi before veering off and hitting a 2000 Chrysler mini-van van that was stopped in the right lane. The driver of the van was identified as 41-year old Derrick Burbul, of Kearney, NE. Following the collision, the Pontiac came to rest in the right lane, on the interstate. Neither of the other two drivers was injured.

Following the accident, traffic was backed up for miles along I-80 westbound. The DOT began re-routing vehicles north on Highway 71 to Highway 44 west to Harlan before bringing them south on Highway 59 to I-80. The westbound lanes were re-opened at around 6-p.m.

The crash was one of three that occurred on I-80 Sunday afternoon. In one accident, two women were sent to Myrtue Memorial Hospital in Harlan following a collision between two SUV’s on I-80 eastbound near the Avoca exit. Sheriff Jeff Danker said their injuries appeared to be minor. The third accident took place just a couple of hundred yards away from the SUV collision. Additional details on those two crashes are currently not available.

Alvarez leads way, Marlins beat Cardinals 8-4

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July 6th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Henderson Alvarez worked seven stingy innings and started the key rally with the first of his career-best three hits, helping the Miami Marlins beat the St. Louis Cardinals 8-4 Sunday to take two of three from their spring training partners.

Casey McGehee extended his hitting streak to a career-high 13 games with an RBI single in the first. Marcell Ozuna had a two-run single in a three-run sixth that made it 4-0, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s three-run homer off Jason Motte put Miami up 8-1 in the eighth.

The first two games of the series were decided by one run.

The Marlins have won a franchise-record 10 straight games started by Alvarez (6-3), and they easily took the series finale despite stranding 14 runners. Alvarez is 4-0 with a 1.04 ERA during that stretch, allowing no more than two runs in any outing.

Numerous accidents reported on I-80 in Cass & Pott. Counties Sunday

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July 6th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

(Update 6-p.m.: Westbound traffic lanes re-opened)

Rescue crews from Atlantic and Marne Fire and Rescue, Medivac Ambulance and law enforcement are on the scene of a semi-versus-passenger car rear-end collision of Interstate 80 westbound at the 52-mile marker (2 miles west of the Elk Horn exit) in Cass County. The crash occurred in the construction zone at around 3:45-p.m, and may have been the result of an earlier crash that had traffic slowed to a crawl. Traffic is currently backed up to the 54 miles marker westbound. Westbound traffic was being re-routed from Highway 71 north to Highway 44 and then west to Highway 59 and south to I-80.

Traffic is blocked in both westbound lanes. At least one person was injured, another person has died. Two other, separate accidents were reported just west of the Walnut exit on I-80 eastbound near mile marker 46 in Pottawattamie County. An SUV rear-ended another SUV. At least two female accident victims were transported to Myrtue Memorial Hospital in Harlan. No other details are available on the second accident which happened about 200-yards away. Avoca and Walnut Rescue were called to the scene.

Additional details will be updated as soon as they become available.

Accident on I-80 near the Marne Exit

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July 6th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Rescue crews from Atlantic and Marne Fire and Rescue, Medivac Ambulance and law enforcement are on the scene of a semi-versus-passenger car rear-end collision of Interstate 80 westbound at the 52-mile marker (2 miles west of the Elk Horn exit) in Cass County. The crash occurred in the construction zone at around 3:45-p.m, and may have been the result of an earlier crash that had traffic slowed to a crawl. Traffic is currently backed up to the 54 miles marker westbound. Westbound traffic was being re-routed from Highway 71 north to Highway 44 and then west to Highway 59.

Traffic is blocked in both westbound lanes. At least one person was injured, another person has died. LifeNet was called to the scene. Two other, separate accidents were reported just west of the Walnut exit on I-80 eastbound near mile marker 46 in Pottawattamie County. An SUV rear-ended another SUV. No other details are available on the second accident which happened about 200-yards away. Injuries are reported.

Additional details will be updated as soon as they become available.

Cardinals recall Wong, option Robinson to minors

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July 6th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals have activated rookie second baseman Kolten Wong from the 15-day disabled list and he was batting seventh against the Miami Marlins. Wong was 5 for 11 with a home run and three RBIs in three rehab games at Triple-A Memphis. Entering Sunday’s game, he was batting .228 with a homer and 16 RBIs this season.

Outfielder Shane Robinson was optioned to Memphis. He appeared in eight games since being recalled on June 22 with one start and was batting .140 overall with three RBIs in 31 games.

Heavy rains will mean more mosquitoes in the area

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July 6th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) — The recent heavy rains and flooding in Iowa and Nebraska created prime breeding areas for mosquitoes, so more bug bites are likely in the next few weeks. Experts say it’s not clear whether the increase in mosquitoes will lead to more cases of West Nile virus. The types of mosquitoes common now generally don’t carry diseases.

But many cities across the area will be working to minimize bug populations. Ames Parks and Recreation Director Keith Abraham says the city takes steps to control the mosquito population at Brookside Park and several other locations.

Using insect repellent and wearing long sleeves and pants can help reduce bug bites. Experts say it’s also good to avoid being outside at dusk when mosquitoes are most active.