Sandbaggers Needed; No Fireworks Over Weekend in Ft. Madison

As the river marches toward a predicted crest of 23.7 feet on Saturday and Front Street is now closed from Washington south, the City of Burlington is putting out an immediate call for volunteers to fill sandbags.

If you can help, please check in with Tammy Anderson at the Public Works Building at 35-10 Division Street…right behind J-D Byrider on Roosevelt…as soon as possible.   They’re also looking for volunteer sandbaggers in Niota…at the old Boddeker Boats building…

In Fort Madison, they’ve postponed the 4th of July fireworks display over the river and no new date has been announced yet. Ft. Madison Partners Executive Director Tim Gobble says they could be shot off later this month when the City celebrates its 175th anniversary…or over the Labor Day weekend, as the Tri-State Rodeo gets underway.

At yesterday’s(Tues) Lee County Board meeting, supervisors agreed with Emergency Management Coordinator Steve Cirinna and signed a disaster declaration, so the County can get sandbags, dump trucks and other flood-fighting supplies from the state.

In Louisa County, floodwaters could make it more difficult to work on the Highway 99 bridge at Oakville. If they have to close the levee across the highway, there’ll be no access to the site from the south.

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