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May 31, 2013

2nd day of severe weather likely

DES MOINES (AP) — Southeast Iowans, cleaning up from a stormy night, may be in for the second day of severe weather.

More than 1,000 Alliant Energy customers in the Burlington area remain without power as wind gusts exceeding 80 miles per hour flattened large trees, snapped utility poles, and down power lines.

Shingles are gone from buildings at a Burlington golf course and from homes in an Iowa City mobile home park.

The storms skirted south and east of central Iowa where many rivers have begun to recede but pummeled the southeast quadrant, where rivers continue to rise and flood surrounding areas.

Another round of storms predicted for Friday will track along a similar path.


Thursday’s storm damage reports include Fairfield, region

Fairfield Police Department received reports through 911 dispatch of storm damage Thursday afternoon, including:

Power lines on trees in 800 block of South Main Street.

Traffic control needed at Fillmore Avenue and Main Street.

Tree down at 504 S. Second Street.

Tree limb sparking on property at 3301 W. Van Buren Ave., Alliant Energy notified.

Power wire down on West Carpenter Avenue close to Fourth Street.

A tree toppled in side yard of house, limbs across roof, on Grimes Avenue near Ninth Street.

Raw reports received at Davenport area national weather service Thursday (times indicated are times of reporting) about regional storm damages include:

Strong winds reported at Fairfield Municipal Airport, 8:35 p.m.

A carport was lifted and branches were down near Pleasant Plain, 8:45 p.m.

Pulaski, Davis County, had numerous large trees and power lines down in town; many roofs damaged by falling trees, 7:55 p.m.

Bonaparte, Van Buren County, reported several 4-inch diameter trees down in Farmington residential areas, 8:19 p.m.

Keosauqua, Van Buren County, reported several trees down in town with an uprooted, 36-inch diameter tree blocking a street; numerous power lines down, 8:19 p.m.

Donnellson, Lee County, 2-foot diameter tree down in town with several small limbs down also. Reported 0.7 inches of rain in 15 minutes, 8:38 p.m.

Mount Pleasant, Henry County, large tree limb, approximately 10-inches diameter and several tree limbs down in town, 8:40 p.m.

Fort Madison, Lee County, power lines down, some power poles on fire.

New London, Henry County, barn severely damaged, 8:52 p.m. (reported on Facebook).

Burlington, Des Moines County, extreme straight-line winds downed numerous trees and bent street signs; steel frame building near Spirit Hollow blown down, 9 p.m.

Iowa City, Johnson County, damage at Lake Ridge Mobile Home Park with shingles blown off roofs and estimated 60 mph winds, 9:20 p.m.

Muscatine, Muscatine County, had winds estimated 65-75 mph, 9:35 p.m.


Winds topple trees, damage airport

BURLINGTON (AP) — High winds from a powerful thunderstorm have damaged the Burlington airport, knocked down power lines and toppled trees in southeast Iowa.

A thunderstorm roared into the area around 4 p.m. Thursday, with wind gusts that hit at least 81 mph in one measurement. No injuries have been reported.

Air Choice One worker Jason Junker says he and other people took cover inside the airport bathrooms as the storm struck.

Flights in and out of the airport were canceled, in part because debris had been blown onto the runway. At least one private plane and a hangar were damaged.


Shippers’ headache: Rain-swollen rivers

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Heavy rains swelling the Mississippi and Missouri rivers are causing headaches for barge operators.

Locks that are being closed along the Mississippi River could snarl barges headed from St. Louis to Minnesota, as well as southbound shippers trying to get to St. Louis and then to the Gulf of Mexico.

Some companies already have shrunk their barge sizes to make the vessels more maneuverable in the stronger currents.

Four locks have been closed between the Missouri towns of Canton and Clarksville. A fifth will close Saturday.

The flooding follows months of drought that were equally hard on shippers. The Mississippi River reached near-historic lows in January, forcing lighter loads on barges so they wouldn’t scrape the bottom. Officials also blasted rock and dredged to keep parts of the river passable.


Anxious CR takes steps to fight flood

CEDAR RAPIDS AP) — Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett says the city is doing everything “humanly possible” to protect itself from the ongoing flooding of the Cedar River.

City officials said at a news conference today they have erected temporary flood barriers, filled thousands of sandbags to protect homes and businesses, and voluntarily evacuated 10 homes in one particularly low-lying neighborhood.

They’re also deploying a system of pumps and plugs to manage water levels along the river, which caused a historic flood in 2008.

City officials say more steps could be necessary depending on how much rainfall comes Friday. The river is projected to crest Saturday at 19.8 feet.

Some parks are also closed due to flooding. The fire department is moving out of a temporary firehouse used by one of its engines.


Iowa flood information on 2 websites

DES MOINES (AP) — Two new websites are offering support to Iowa residents in areas hit by recent storms and flooding.

Gov. Terry Branstad and the state Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division have set up a Tumblr page with Iowa flood information.

The site will gather reports from state agencies, news outlets and residents. It can be found at www.IowaFloodCentral.tumblr.com .

U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley has also established a site that will provide information on resources for those impacted by flooding and offer assistance from Braley’s staff. That site can be found at www.braley.house.gov/flood-resources.





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