DM, Lee Counties Covered by Flooding Disaster Proclamation

*Governor Terry Branstad has issued two disaster proclamations, for six counties, two of them in our area: Des Moines & Lee.

The first proclamation allows state resources to be utilized, to respond to, and recover from, flooding & severe weather beginning on June 26th. Des Moines and Lee Counties are both covered.

The second proclamation also activates the Iowa Individual Assistance Program for three counties, including Lee, but not Des Moines. Emergency Management Coordinator Gina Hardin says she has not heard from anyone in-need of the Individual program yet, but her office can be reached at 753-8206.

*Tama Road, just east of Highway 99, is closed to all through traffic due to flooding from the Mississippi. Local traffic should use125th Street as a temporary detour.

*The Henderson County Health Department is reminding everyone to stay out of flood waters, as they can carry harmful bacteria and objects. If you’re injured by any object in a flooded area, get a tetanus shot immediately. Henderson County authorities also remind residents to not drive on water-covered streets & roads, to stay off levees, and to check on elderly & disabled neighbors.

If you need help with flooding or evacuation, call Mike Thacker at the Heath Department in Gladstone: 309-627-2812.

The Mississippi River in Burlington is expected to crest Saturday at 24.4 feet.