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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.

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The county engineer says it's important to remove the flood debris as quickly as possible.

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Rohe says the damage from this year's flood is in a different location than that from last year.

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Rohe recently met with both FEMA and Homeland Security officials.  He says its important the county clean up the flood debris within 30 days.

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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.







Tuesday News, July 1

Supervisors To Meet On Tuesday

(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Board of Supervisors will convene today at the County Courthouse Board Room. The supervisors are expected to approve two applications for fireworks displays.  The county governing board will hear about a military exemption issue from Barbara Derby, and they will hear from county engineer Tom Rohe regarding a new county employee that will help with road maintenance and work on a bridge crew.


Iris Avenue To Close For Culvert Repair

(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Secondary Roads Department has announced the closing of Iris Avenue from County Road C-12 to the Plymouth-Sioux County line.  The road will close next Monday, July 7th and will remain closed for nearly a month.  Road crews will be replacing a bridge with a box culvert.


One Man Killed Another Is Injured Due To Building Collapse From Storms

 FAIRFAX, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say a man has been killed in a building collapse caused by severe weather in eastern Iowa.
     The Linn County Sheriff's Office says strong winds blew through the small community of Fairfax on Monday and caused extensive damage to a building that trapped a man. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
     Authorities say the building is owned by Intermec Technologies and the man was an employee. His name has not been released pending family notification.
     A second person in the building received injuries that were not life-threatening. Authorities have not released other information. A message left for the company was not immediately returned Monday.
     Severe weather affected much of the state Monday, causing damage to properties, extensive flooding and power outages.


Branstad Declares Five More Counties As Emergency Disaster Counties

(Des Moines) -- Governor Branstad has added five more counties to the growing list of counties given a disaster emergency proclamation.  The five include: Adair, Cedar, Guthrie, Jones, and Linn counties.  State resources can now be utilized to respond to and recover from the effects of these storms.


Farmers Planting Less Corn Acres, But More Soybeans

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - American farmers have planted less corn than in any year since 2010 but more soybeans than ever, as expected.
     The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in its annual Acreage Report released Monday that farmers planted 91.6 million acres of corn. That's 4 percent less than last year but still the fifth-largest corn crop planted since 1944. Analysts expected some farmers to devote more acreage to soybeans because of a drop in corn prices.
     The USDA says farmers planted a record high 84.8 million acres of soybeans, up 11 percent from last year. Record soybean acres have been planted in Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota and Wisconsin.


Continued Rains Give State's Subsoil Moisture Levels Adequate Or Surplus Rating

(Des Moines) -- Continued rains from this past week have added to the moisture levels for the state with 68 percent of the state's subsoil listed as being adequate, and 22 percent with a surplus.  With the exception of southeast Iowa, every district in the state had over one-quarter of its topsoil in surplus condition.  Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, Bill Northey says the weekly crop condition shows Corn condition rated 1 percent very poor, 4 percent poor, 16 percent fair, 56 percent good, and 23 percent excellent. Six percent of the soybean acreage was blooming, 10 days ahead of the previous year but 2 days behind normal. Soybean condition rated 1 percent very poor, 5 percent poor, 19 percent fair, 57 percent good, and 18 percent excellent. Eighty-six percent of the oat crop has headed, 4 percentage points above last year but 2 percentage points behind five-year average. Eleven percent of the oat acreage has turned color, 5 percentage points ahead of last year but 13 percentage points behind average. Oat condition rated 0 percent very poor, 2 percent poor, 24 percent fair, 61 percent good, and 13 percent excellent.


Iowa Priest Placed On Administrative Leave For Child Sexual Abuse

   DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The bishop of the Des Moines Diocese has place a priest on indefinite administrative leave after finding a decades-old allegation of sexual abuse of a minor was credible.
     The diocese says in a news release Monday that Bishop Richard Pate has placed the Rev. Howard Fitzgerald on leave while the matter is forwarded to the Vatican.
     While on leave, Fitzgerald can't function publicly as a priest. Pate also has asked him to not wear clerical garb. 
     During the investigation, Pate had asked Fitzgerald to step aside from his responsibilities at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Indianola, Immaculate Conception Parish in St. Marys and at Simpson College.
     Pates says he's apologized to the victim.
    The diocese didn't release further details about the matter.
     Officials say they have notified local law enforcement.






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