Vortex to Bring Cooler Temps

Our summer temperatures are going to take a drop this week.  

The National Weather Service is predicting record cool temperatures between Monday and Wednesday. For Burlington, it won’t be so bad with temperatures dropping to the mid 70’s but for other states in the midwest, such as Minnesota, they could see a high only in the 60’s on Tuesday.   The change in weather can be blamed on the typhoon that hit Japan and has now altered the path of the North Pacific jet stream. Continue Reading

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More Rain Overnight; Flooding Assessment Officials On the Way

We did get some more rain last(Sat) night, but it’s not expected to make a big difference in the flood forecast. In Burlington, Roosevelt Avenue flooded…as it always does…there were sporadic power outages in the North Hill area…and a few tree branches came down. Authorities say there was more of a storm…and more damage…to the south of Burlington…in Lee, Hancock, McDonough, Scotland and Clark Counties.  

In addition, Linda Roose from Iowa Homeland Security will be in the area tomorrow(Mon)…and other state and federal disaster assessment officials will arrive in Lee and Des Moines Counties Tuesday and Wednesday, to confirm the damage to local businesses and public property, respectively. Continue Reading

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Emerald Ash Borer now in Henry County

Henry County, Iowa has become the 10th county in the state to have a confirmed infestation of the Emerald Ash Borer. The Iowa EAB team found a larva in a tree in Mt. Pleasant and it’s been positively identified as the destructive, metallic-green beetle. A statewide quarantine was instituted early last February and it’s still in-place. It restricts the movement of hardwood firewood, ash logs, wood chips and ash tree nursery stock from Iowa into non-quarantined areas of other states. Continue Reading

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Next Phase of Flood Cleanup

Burlington City officials met yesterday to make plans for the next phase of dealing with the flood and its cleanup. Public Works Director Steve Hoambrecker says his crew plans to take down some of the Hesco barriers Monday, so the Burlington Short-Line Railroad can resume its connection with the Burlington-Northern/Santa Fe tracks. Hoambrecker says the City has also set up porta-potties at the corners of Main Street and Valley, Jefferson & Washington, for those who may be having problems with their sanitary sewer systems.

Hoambrecker told the City Council this week that something has to be done to fight flooding on a more permanent basis….. Continue Reading

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4th Annual Snakeball on Saturday

The 4th Annual Snakeball is this weekend on Snake Alley in downtown Burlington. Both kids and adults will be rolling the Burlington Bee’s practice balls down the curvy street and the ball that makes it down the hill first wins. Steve Frevert with Downtown Partners says it’s a sport that requires no skill…. Winners will receive downtown dollars. The Burlington Bees players will also be there to sign autographs. Continue Reading

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Water, Sewer Gas Overcome Burlington Post Office; Public Works Plans for Post-Flood Downtown

U-S Postal Service officials say the Burlington post office is now closed completely until further notice, due to the flooding.  

Most operations…including the numbered boxes…are now being run out of the former Tom’s Market & Meats location at 550 Division Street. All retail business…mailing packages and buying stamps included…is being handled by the West Burlington post office at 201 Broadway.   City officials met yesterday(Thur) to make plans for the next phase of dealing with the flood and its cleanup. Public Works Director Steve Hoambrecker says his crew plans to take down some of the Hesco barriers Monday, so the Burlington Short-Line Railroad can resume its connection with the Burlington-Northern/Santa Fe tracks. Continue Reading

Mepo Road Curve Work Begins

You may want to avoid Mediapolis Road for the next few weeks. A crew has started a grading and re-paving project between 160th Avenue and the west bridge of the double bridges and it won’t be finished until early September. Des Moines County Engineer Brian Carter says the detour will have traffic using Danville- and Pleasant Grove Roads. Continue Reading

LeeCo Employers Not Seeing Right Stuff from Job Seekers

Lee County’s Economic Development Group has compiled some local statistics from a recent breakfast it held in Ft. Madison. Questions were asked of local employers about what they’re looking for in job applicants…and on average, only about a-third of those who seek positions meet the companies’ hiring requirements. The top four skills Lee County Employers say are universally lacking in many job-seekers are communication skills such as writing, speaking & listening…motivation…problem-solving skills…and having a strong work ethic. The most frequent reason given for not hiring an applicant was his or her lack of skills. Continue Reading

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Flooding, Sewer Smell Force Post Office to Spread Out

The Burlington post office service counter has been closed all week because of the flooding and now the Postal Service is renting space for sorting mail at the old Tom’s Market on Division til further notice. A USPS spokesman says customers can still get to their post office boxes at the North Main Street facility, but all other retail business is being handled at the West Burlington post office on Broadway. Like a lot of other downtown businesses near the river, the (Burlington) post office basement is flooded, meaning no electricity, and the floodwater is mixed with sewage and the smell that comes with it. The Burlington Apartments are in a similar situation, with sewer fumes throughout the building and no elevator service in the 9-story structure. Continue Reading