Tuesday Afternoon News, July 1
Rohe Updates County Supervisors On Recent Flood Damage
(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County Engineer Tom Rohe gave an update to the county board of supervisors today as to the condition of the county roads, bridges, and other infrastructures with in the county following the heavy rains and localized flooding. Rohe says a year ago the damage was much worst, but never-the-less there was some damage.
The county engineer says it's important to remove the flood debris as quickly as possible.
Rohe says the damage from this year's flood is in a different location than that from last year.
Rohe recently met with both FEMA and Homeland Security officials. He says its important the county clean up the flood debris within 30 days.
Rohe says the debris cleanup from the latest flooding did not put the county road crews behind work schedule since they are still waiting for box culverts to arrive.
City Council Approves Second Reading Of Sidewalk Ordinance
(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars City Council has a short agenda for today's meeting. The city council approved the second reading on the sidewalk regultions ordinance. Discussion has also focused on the contractor installing fiber optic cable. Councilman Clark Goodchild shared his concerns as well as those from some city citizens about the fiber optic contractor was not being considerate with residents lawns and property.
Sioux City Sets New Record For Monthly Rainfall
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Records say June's rainfall was the highest ever recorded for a single month in Sioux City.
16.65 inches was reported at the airport, swamping the May 1903 record of 11.78 inches.
Farmers near Smithland and Oto have said their gauges recorded 20 to 22 inches of rain last month.
The state's rain record for a single month belongs to Red Oak in southwest Iowa. It recorded 22.18 inches of rain in June 1967.
Officials Monitor High River Levels In Eastern Iowa
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Officials are monitoring high river levels in Iowa after severe weather packing heavy rain and hail left widespread damage and flooding around the state.
The National Weather Service has issued flood warnings and advisories for multiple areas in central and eastern Iowa, following two consecutive days of rain and severe thunderstorms. Major flooding has been recorded at several rivers in the state that flow into the Mississippi River.
Major cities like Cedar Rapids, Davenport and Iowa City have recorded heavy rainfall over two days. Preliminary data by state climatologist Harry Hillaker shows this past June was Iowa's third wettest June on record. The average precipitation total for the month was only behind rainfall recorded in 2010 and 1947.
Isolated thunderstorms are possible Tuesday afternoon into the evening.