Wapello Resident One of Two Dead in Highway 61 Crash

A 64-year-old Wapello man is dead after a head-on collision that occurred about 5 miles north of Grandview on Highway 61 Sunday afternoon. 22-year-old Daniel Johnson of Naperville, Illinois was driving north and crossed the center line. Richard Byrant of Wapello and Johnson both steered toward the southbound shoulder, trying to avoid each other, and collided head-on. Both died in the crash. Authorities believe Johnson was trying to pass another vehicle on the highway. Continue Reading


Council to Hold Hearing on Expanded Development Incentives

The Burlington City Council meets later today(Mon) and will hold three public hearings. One is on a proposal to offer residential developers longer property-tax abatements, no matter where in the city they build…another that would require landlords to post rental permits in each one of their apartments…and a third that would put restrictions on the display of realistic-looking air-guns and other “hobby”-type firearms.


Council members tonight(Mon) will also recognize Battalion Chief Ken Morris of the Burlington Fire Department, who’s retiring. The meeting begins at 5:30 and is open to the public. Continue Reading

A Symphony of Sump-Pumps

The sound of many sump-pump motors in downtown Burlington is something you’ll hear in the coming days, as the flood-water begins to recede and the Market Street pumping station returns to normal operations. The station stopped pumping wastewater Saturday night as the Mississippi River continued its steady rise…but meteorologist Rich Kinney of the National Weather Service in Davenport says the crest yesterday(Sun) was not as high as expected.  23.65-feet is about 1/2-foot lower than predicted. Kinney says it’s possible we could see some heavy rainfall and surface flooding tonight(Mon), but it’s not expected to be everywhere. A number of businesses near the riverfront experienced sewage backups and have their sump-pumps going, including Frank Millard and Company…Camera Land…the Preservation Station…and the 9-story Burlington Apartments, which are without elevator or cable-TV service due to water in the basement. Continue Reading

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Market Street Lift Station Floods

As predicted, the flood protection around the Market Street Sewage Pumping Station failed. It happened at around 8:40 last night. Because the station is flooded, all the sewage that is normally pumped by the station to the Wastewater Plant is being bypassed. According to a press release, sewage backup is possible for some downtown properties. The Mississippi River in Burlington is expected to crest today at around 23.7 feet. Continue Reading


Fireworks cancelled; Rescheduled

Because of the rain and thunderstorms yesterday, several firework displays around our area were cancelled. A big event was the Symphonic Blast in Burlington’s Crapo Park which was cancelled at around 5pm. There’s been no information about a make-up date. Another celebration that was cut short was one in Nauvoo and Montrose, but they’ll make theirs up tonight at 9:30pm. Continue Reading


4th of July car fires under Investigation

Three cars were on fire early Friday morning in Burlington and remain under investigation. The first fire was at the corner of 14th Street and Barrett and the second on the 1500 Block of Airline Drive, both fires were started within 30 minutes of each other. The third vehicle fire was near the 2100 block of South 13th Street. Continue Reading


Street Packed for WB Independence Day Celebration

Broadway Street in West Burlington was packed with people yesterday as they awaited the annual fireworks show, which took place at about 10pm. When asking younger kids at yesterday’s celebration what they loved about the 4th of July, their answers all had one thing in common; fireworks…. Some had a little extra to add… For other kids, like Zach Hoffman, who is a little bit older, Fourth of July had a somewhat different meaning… Continue Reading


Flooded Burlington River Brings Back Harsh Memories

Roads have been closed and businesses have stacked their hesco barriers, bracing for the 2014 flood. The Mississippi continues to rise and as of about 5am this morning in Burlington, was at 23.32 feet. Yesterday there were many people walking down by the river taking photos of the water. For Naomi Lightfoot, who lived across the river when the levee broke in 2008, the flooded streets brought back horrible memories… Lightfoot says the flood may have played a roll in her husband’s death.. Continue Reading

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Potential Flooding for Market Street Lift Station

Some leakage is occurring at the Market Street Sewage Pumping station in downtown Burlington, which is currently surrounded by Hesco Barriers due to rising flood waters. Efforts are being made to reduce that leakage but there is a possibility of the condition worsening as the river continues to rise. If a breach occurs, the Burlington Wastewater Treatment Facility is warning downtown property owners that there could be a sewer backup. Also due to flooding, where Main Street meets Division Street in Burlington has been closed. Continue Reading