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


Two Burlington Car Fires in 30 Minutes

The Burlington Fire Department extinguished two car fires this morning within just 30 minutes of each other. No injuries were reported. The first vehicle fire was at 14th and Barrett, the second was located on the 1500 block of Airline Drive. A Fire Department Official says both fires are still under investigation. Continue Reading


4th of July Events

There are several places to see some fireworks and to celebrate the 4th of July in our area. The big West Burlington 4th of July Celebration is today. 6:30-10:30am: Pancake Breakfast
10:30am: Praise Service
11-4pm: Children Games
Noon: Outdoor Stage Events
2pm: Cherry pie-Eating Contest
3pm: Kids Parade
4pm:4th of July Parade
4pm-6pm: Live Music
8pm: Raffle Drawing
10pm: Fireworks

Also today…. In Burlington, there will be fireworks at the Burlington Golf Club beginning at dusk. In Fort Madison, Charlie Korschgen Kiddie Parade starts at 10am. Continue Reading

Towns Hit Hard by ’08 Flood in Better Shape Now, but Caution Prevails

As the waters of the Mississippi River get higher-and-higher, residents of Gulfport are being urged to pack up their valuables and prepare to leave. The village was nearly wiped out by the flood of 2008, but Mayor Rich Myers says the levee is better than it was then. Nevertheless, when I stopped to see him last(Weds) night, Myers and his family were boxing their irreplaceables and putting them in their vehicle. Oakville…in Louisa County…was also transformed into a lake in 2008 and when I caught up with Kirk Siegel last night, a crew was covering Highway 99 with sandbags, to plus the only gap in their levee. There was a rumor that Wapello was cut off, but Siegel says “no” — it’s accessible by using G38. Continue Reading

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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. Continue Reading


Stretch of Main St. Closed; Sandbaggers No Longer Needed as of 3 pm

If you haven’t been through downtown Burlington today(Weds), Main Street is now closed from Valley to Division until further notice. As the river continues its gradual rise, city crews need to put up more flood protection and the railroad is raising the tracks on both sides of the intersection. In addition, Front Street will be one lane, with only local traffic allowed…and Public Works Director Steve Hoambrecker says it’ll help his men greatly if the sight-seeing is done from afar.  

At the same time, Hoambrecker announced that sandbagging operations are ending this(Wed) afternoon and he gave a big “Thank You,” to all who’ve helped. Continue Reading


Loebsack Talks to Vets About Health-Care

Local Congressman Dave Loebsack paid a visit to the Burlington Library yesterday(Tues) to talk to veterans about their health-care concerns. The Second District Democrat says having a new V-A Secretary should help, but it won’t solve all the agency’s problems….. Loebsack says the Veterans Administration has a number of challenges ahead, including inefficiencies. And Loebsack told the half-dozen-or-so in attendance yesterday(Tues) that there is another alternative to relying on the V-A — a voucher system allowing veterans to take their health-care business elsewhere.   Loebsack says he hasn’t signed on to that legislation and won’t…until he gets more information. Continue Reading

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. Continue Reading