Naig Comments About Crop Damage From Monday Storm
(Des Moines) — Clean-up of debris continues across the state following the massive storm that produced straight-line winds of up to 100 mph. On Tuesday, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig held a news conference to explain the damage that had occurred to the state’s agriculture industry.
Naig says numerous grain storage facilities, both on-farm and commercial grain storage facilities were severely damaged by Monday’s storm. Naig says it would be unlikely that those facilities could be re-built before harvest this coming fall.
Naig says farmers are used to dealing with bad weather scenarios, but this is a first in many people’s memory of having such wide spread damage done to such a large area of the state.
The Iowa Agriculture Secretary was asked what options are available to farmers for storing their grain.
Agronomists across the state are doubtful as to whether or not the damaged crops will be able to continue to grow and bounce back following Monday’s storm.
Power Outage Continues For Cedar Rapids
(Cedar Rapids, IA) — The power remains out for a large part of Cedar Rapids and an overnight curfew remains in place. One member of the Cedar Rapids city council has encouraged residents who have the option to go somewhere else for
a few days. Linn County residents began driving as far as Manchester on Monday night to get supplies like fuel because no gas station in Cedar Rapids had power. The owner of a convenience store in Manchester, which is just off Highway 18 , says he’s seen a steady stream of Linn County customers. A Cedar Rapids city council member tweeted that outside lines the bring power into the city were damaged and that is one issue with getting it restored.
Marshalltown Remains Under Civil Emergency
(Marshalltown, IA) — The City of Marshalltown remains under a civil emergency as damage from Monday’s storm left much the city without power.
Marshalltown Mayor Joel Greer says there is damage to city facilities and private homes as well for the community that is still trying to recover from a major tornado in July of last year. Greer says “It looks like a war zone again.” Greer says as in other areas of the state, it may take a while to determine what the final damage estimate may be. For many businesses, those
expenses will be on top of the repair bills for damage from the tornado that roared down Main Street.
Boy Dies From Watercraft Accident
(Clear Lake, IA) — The Iowa D-N-R says a 14-year-old was killed in when two personal watercraft ran into each other on Clear Lake Tuesday. The D-N-R says the accident happened around noon and the 12-year-old operator of the second
craft had minor face injuries. A passenger on the second craft was not hurt.
No names have been released.
Fate Of ISU Football Season Not Known
(Ames, IA) — Iowa State may learn the fate of its upcoming football season today (Wednesday) The Big 12 Conference has a news conference planned where the commissioner is going to give an update. The Big Ten and the Pac 12 have already announced they’re canceling their fall sports — which means no