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FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT TONIGHT & WED.

News

May 24th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

FLOOD WATCH
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OMAHA/VALLEY NE
110 PM CDT TUE MAY 24 2011

...LOCALLY HEAVY RAIN POSSIBLE THROUGH EARLY WEDNESDAY...

.A STORM SYSTEM OVER COLORADO WILL MOVE INTO THE PLAINS TONIGHT
AND WEDNESDAY...MEANWHILE AN AREA OF LOW PRESSURE IN CENTRAL
NEBRASKA AND THE TEXAS PANHANDLE WILL MOVE INTO NORTHEAST KANSAS
AND SOUTHEAST NEBRASKA. PERIODS OF HEAVY RAIN AND THUNDERSTORMS
WILL EXACERBATE THE FLOODING POTENTIAL OVERNIGHT AND EARLY
WEDNESDAY. ONE TO LOCALLY THREE INCH RAINFALL AMOUNTS WILL BE
POSSIBLE THROUGH MIDDWAY WEDNESDAY THUS A FLASH FLOOD WATCH HAS
BEEN ISSUED.

IAZ043-055-069-079-090-NEZ015>018-030>034-042>045-050>053-065>068-
078-088>093-250215-
/O.NEW.KOAX.FF.A.0001.110524T2300Z-110525T1700Z/
/00000.0.ER.000000T0000Z.000000T0000Z.000000T0000Z.OO/
MONONA-HARRISON-POTTAWATTAMIE-MILLS-FREMONT-THURSTON-ANTELOPE-
PIERCE-WAYNE-BOONE-MADISON-STANTON-CUMING-BURT-PLATTE-COLFAX-
DODGE-WASHINGTON-BUTLER-SAUNDERS-DOUGLAS-SARPY-SEWARD-LANCASTER-
CASS-OTOE-SALINE-JEFFERSON-GAGE-JOHNSON-NEMAHA-PAWNEE-RICHARDSON-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...ONAWA...MISSOURI VALLEY...
COUNCIL BLUFFS...GLENWOOD...SIDNEY...PENDER...NELIGH...PIERCE...
WAYNE...ALBION...NORFOLK...STANTON...WEST POINT...TEKAMAH...
COLUMBUS...SCHUYLER...FREMONT...BLAIR...DAVID CITY...WAHOO...
OMAHA...BELLEVUE...SEWARD...LINCOLN...PLATTSMOUTH...
NEBRASKA CITY...CRETE...FAIRBURY...BEATRICE...TECUMSEH...AUBURN...
PAWNEE CITY...FALLS CITY
110 PM CDT TUE MAY 24 2011

...FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM CDT THIS EVENING THROUGH
WEDNESDAY MORNING...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN OMAHA/VALLEY HAS ISSUED A

* FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF IOWA AND NEBRASKA...
  INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS...IN IOWA...FREMONT...HARRISON...
   MILLS...MONONA AND POTTAWATTAMIE. IN NEBRASKA...ANTELOPE...
  BOONE...BURT...BUTLER...CASS...COLFAX...CUMING...DODGE...
  DOUGLAS...GAGE...JEFFERSON...JOHNSON...LANCASTER...MADISON...
  NEMAHA...OTOE...PAWNEE...PIERCE...PLATTE...RICHARDSON...
  SALINE...SARPY...SAUNDERS...SEWARD...STANTON...THURSTON...
  WASHINGTON AND WAYNE.

* TIMING...THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING.

* AMOUNTS...LOCALLY HEAVY RAINFALL OF 1 TO 3 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE
  THROUGH MIDDAY WEDNESDAY.

* IMPACTS...MANY OF THE LOCAL RIVERS AND STREAMS ARE ALREADY
  RUNNING HIGH DUE TO RECENT RAINS...ADDITIONAL HEAVY RAIN
  TONIGHT MAY LEAD TO 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.

Bluffs woman crowned “Mrs. Iowa, 2011”

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May 24th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

A Council Bluffs woman was crowned “Mrs. Iowa, 2011,” during an event held over the weekend. 29-year old Brooke Hubbard won the title May 21st, during her first foray into the pageant world.

Hubbard, who entered the pageant after stumbling onto the website www.mrs.iowaunitedstates.com. by accident, told the Omaha World Herald a number of emotions ran through her when she was named the winner, including being both surprised and proud. She said it was fun, and she’s “Excited to represent Council Bluffs.”

Her win in the Iowa contest allows Hubbard to move on to the 25th annual national Mrs. United State pageant on August 5th, in Las Vegas.

Severe weather possible this evening

News

May 24th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

AUDUBON-GUTHRIE-CASS-ADAIR-MADISON-ADAMS-UNIONTAYLOR--RINGGOLD Counties

1109 AM CDT TUE MAY 24 2011

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR PORTIONS OF CENTRAL IOWA.

.DAY ONE…TODAY AND TONIGHT

THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED TO MOVE ACROSS THE REGION IOWA THIS AFTERNOON.  ANOTHER ROUND OF THUNDERSTORMS WILL SPREAD NORTHEAST INTO THE AREA THIS EVENING AND TONIGHT. THERE IS A SLIGHT RISK OF SEVERE WEATHER WITH THE THUNDERSTORM ACTIVITY…MAINLY DURING THE EVENING AND LATE NIGHT HOURS. LARGE HAIL AND DAMAGING WINDS ARE THE PRIMARY SEVERE THREATS…HOWEVER AN ISOLATED TORNADO IS ALSO. RAINFALL MAY BE HEAVY AT TIMES WITH THE STRONGER STORMS POSSIBLE LATE TONIGHT AND EARLY WEDNESDAY.

CRAWFORD-CARROLL-GREENE- -DALLAS-Counties

1109 AM CDT TUE MAY 24 2011

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR PORTIONS OF CENTRAL IOWA.

.DAY ONE…TODAY AND TONIGHT

THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED TO MOVE ACROSS THE OUTLOOK AREA LATE THIS AFTERNOON. A SECOND AREA OF THUNDERSTORMS WILL SPREAD NORTHEAST ACROSS THE AREA THIS EVENING AND TONIGHT. THERE IS A SLIGHT RISK OF SEVERE WEATHER WITH THE THUNDERSTORM ACTIVITY MAINLY THIS EVENING AND TONIGHT. LARGE HAIL AND DAMAGING WINDS ARE THE PRIMARY SEVERE THREATS…HOWEVER AN ISOLATED TORNADO IS ALSO POSSIBLE MAINLY ALONG AND SOUTH OF INTERSTATE 80. RAINFALL MAY BE HEAVY AT TIMES WITH THE STRONGER STORMS TONIGHT AND EARLY WEDNESDAY.

(NWS/Des Moines)

Walnut Splash Pad dedication set for June 3rd

News

May 24th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Walnut Splash Pad (artist's conceptual drawing)

Nearly two-years after the concept of creating a water attraction in Walnut was devised, a dedication ceremony for the new, $200,000 “Splash Pad” will be held next week. The event at Fireman’s Park takes place 5-p.m. Friday, June 3rd. Completion of the project was made possible through a variety of fundraising efforts, donations and grants.

City officials say the “opening day” celebration and dedication ceremony will feature hot dogs, hamburgers and drinks, for your free-will donation. There will also be a variety of giveaways, and the final chance for you to enter a quilt raffle, the drawing for which takes place at 7-p.m. that day.

Order forms will be available also, for you to purchase a memorial or honorary brick, that will become a permanent part of the Walnut Splash Pad. “Cash Splash” tickets will be available as well, for a raffle that takes place in August.

The City of Walnut will be giving away 26- $50 prizes, 4- $150 prizes, and one grand prize of $1,000. One $20 ticket enters you for all 31 drawings, and it is possible to win multiple times.

Be sure to bring your family, camera and lawn chairs to the Walnut Splash Pad dedication and grand opening ceremony, on Friday, June 3rd, at 5-p.m. And, prepare to “get wet!”

4 teens injured in weekend rollover accident

News

May 24th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Four area teens were injured over the weekend during a rollover accident Saturday afternoon, about a mile northeast of Shelby. The Shelby County Sheriff’s office said today (Tuesday), a 1999 Ford Expedition driven by 16-year old Kaelly Welsh, of Shelby, went out of control at around 4:20-p.m. on County Road F-66, just east of Hackberry Road.

The SUV traveled onto the south shoulder, into the south ditch, and rolled several times. As the vehicle rolled, Welsh, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected. Three passengers in the vehicle, who were wearing their seatbelts, remained in the vehicle as it rolled. They were identified as 16-year olds Casey Peters, of Shelby, and Carmen Allen, of Avoca, and 15-year old Tayler Engel, of Avoca.

All four of the teens were transported by Shelby Rescue and Medivac Ambulance to Myrtue Memorial Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Two area men arrested on meth charges

News

May 24th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s office reports today (Tuesday) four people were arrested over the past week. On Sunday, 33-year old Timothy Duane Snyder, of Elk Horn, was taken into custody on charges of Possession with Intent to Deliver Meth, Possession with Intent to Deliver Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Snyder was being held in the Cass County Jail on $60,000 bond.

On Friday, deputies arrested 39-year old Dwayne Gavin Clark, of Atlantic, on Cass County Sheriff’s Office warrants for Burglary 2nd Degree, Ongoing Criminal Conduct, Burglary 3rd Degree, and Possession with Intent to Deliver Meth. Clark was taken to the Cass County Jail where he is being held on $50,000 bond.

Last Saturday, deputies arrested 21-year old Stewart Russell Andersen, of Atlantic, on a charge of Public Intox. Andersen was taken to the Cass County Jail where pled guilty and was released later that day. And, 24-year old Justin Allen Knutsen, of Atlantic, was arrested Thursday, also on a charge of Public Intoxication. Knutsen was taken to the Cass County Jail where he pled guilty and was released later that day.

Yesterday (Monday) 20-year old Michael Jay Sherman, of Anita, was arrested on a charge of Simple Assault. Sherman was taken to the Cass County Jail where he is being held on $300 bond pending hearing before the Magistrate.

Plea deal made for parking on Council Bluffs grass

News

May 24th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – A Nebraska woman won’t have to pay $835 for parking on the grass earlier this month at the Council Bluffs Sports Complex. Laura Sherman had vowed to fight the $750 fine and $85 court fee.

Sherman won’t have to fight the fine because she’s made a deal with the Pottawattamie County prosecutor. As part of the agreement, the judge will keep the fine in place

but Sherman doesn’t have to pay it. Sherman says that if she behaves until November, the fine will be cut to about $100.

She says, “I absolutely will not park on the grass again.”

Prescott man arrested on drug & other charges

News

May 24th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Adams County Sheriff’s Office reports today (Tuesday), a Prescott man was arrested Sunday on numerous charges. Officials say 19-year old Bobby Jo Farwell was taken into custody in Prescott, for Possession of a Controlled Substance, disorderly conduct, trespassing, and Public Intoxication.

Farwell was being held in the Adams County Jail on $6,000 cash only bond.

Cass Co. Board of Supervisors to meet Wed.

News

May 24th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors are expected to act on several matters to be brought before them during their meeting Wednesday morning, here in Atlantic. During their 9-a.m. session, the board will receive and act on a funding request for an improvement project at the Cumberland Library.

They’re also expected to act on: approving funding for the County’s portion of sidewalk repairs in the Atlantic City Park; an integrated roadside vegetation management plan; and, a temporary suspension and/or abatement of taxes on parcels of land in or near Anita, with the stipulation the taxes will be payable when the property is transferred.

The board will also discuss funding for the northwest sewer and water extension project. During their meeting May 16th, the board approved the awarding of a contract for the project, which involves the laying of 3,200-feet of water and sewer lines from Highway 83 to the Amaizing Energy Industrial area, along Glacier Road, and underneath a railroad spur line.

The project, which it’s hoped will spark economic development in the areas, is expected to cost around $534,650. Atlantic Municipal Utilities will act as the flow-through agency for the funds.

Fish Kill in Adair County Farm Pond

News

May 24th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

CASEY – The DNR investigated a fish kill in an Adair County private pond south of Casey Monday afternoon. About noon Monday, the pond owner reported hundreds of dead bluegill in his farm pond. When the DNR arrived on scene, ammonia levels were highly elevated according to Keith Wilken, DNR environmental specialist.

The DNR traced the source of ammonia to a holding pond used by the Casey office of Agriland FS of Winterset. The holding pond normally collects runoff at the site.

However recent heavy rainfall filled the holding pond. An employee opened a gate on the holding pond to prevent it from overtopping which allowed runoff to flow about
one-fourth mile downstream to the farm pond.

The DNR will conduct a fish kill count and continue the investigation Tuesday morning. The DNR will follow up with Agriland FS to prevent future problems and take
enforcement action as appropriate.

(DNR Press Release)