Monday News, May 27
Heavy Rains Causes Flooding
(Le Mars) -- Torrential rains fell on northwest Iowa over the last couple of days causing isolated flash flooding on Sunday, and this morning. Reports of the Floyd River are flowing at flood stage, and is expected to crest later this morning. Other rivers within northwest Iowa are also under a flash flood warning. They include the Little Sioux, Big Sioux, and Ocheyedan. In South Dakota they include the James River and the Vermillion River. We have also heard of reports of some roads being closed due to water over flowing the roadway. The Iowa Department of Transportation has announced Highway 12 is closed as is U-S Highway 59 near Cherokee due to local flooding. Plymouth County engineer Tom Rohe
says some local roads had been closed due to flooding issues.
Storms Knock Out Power To 3000 Customers
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A powerful thunderstorm system has knocked out power to thousands of people in western Iowa.
MidAmerican Energy reports that nearly 3,100 customers were without power as of 5:15 a.m. Monday. More than 2,800 of those customers are in the Council Bluffs area.
Officials report that falling trees and limbs damaged buildings and vehicles, but no injuries have been reported.
Heavy rain and some hail also were reported.
Des Moines Masonic Cemetery Replaces Stolen Flags
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Workers have put out new flags to replace those stolen from Des Moines Masonic Cemetery.
30 flags were put out on Wednesday but stolen overnight.
Cemetery general manager Johnny Audette told the newspaper that a larger flag next to the cemetery's entrance was stolen the next night.
The Boy Scouts of America Mid-Iowa Council donated 30 flags for the cemetery to use on Memorial Day, and members of the Za-Ga-Zig Shrine in Altoona are buying 50 flags.
Audette says people have visited the cemetery just to make donations.
He says "it's the good in people that have stepped forward to humble me tremendously in this otherwise really bad situation."
Father of Missing Girl Offers Thanks To Volunteers
DAYTON, Iowa (AP) - The father of a missing Iowa teenager thanked law enforcement and volunteers for searching for his 15-year-old daughter since she and another girl was abducted
Michael Shepard spoke to about 100 supporters in Dayton Sunday morning.
Shepard says he doesn't think the man police say took his daughter and a 12-year-old girl should have been released from prison after being twice convicted of kidnapping and assault.
Police believe 42-year-old Michael Klunder abducted the girls at their school bus stop in Dayton. The younger girl escaped but Kathlynn hasn't been found.
Klunder committed suicide.
Shepard says he wanted to personally thank people who have volunteered to search for his daughter, cooked meals for families and offered support.
Northern Iowa Legislators Help Bring Compromise To Health Care Bill
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - After months of partisan bickering seemed to have stalled negotiations on how to provide low-income health care in Iowa, two no-nonsense lawmakers from northern Iowa
are credited with figuring out a compromise.
Democratic Senator Amanda Ragan of Mason City and Republican House Majority Leader Linda Upmeyer of Clear Lake led talks to develop the health care plan that won passage in the Legislature
before lawmakers adjourned Thursday.
Both say their longstanding relationship helped pave the way.
Under the plan, the state will seek federal funding to provide health coverage for as many as 150,000 low-income residents by putting some on a new state-run plan and to pay the premiums for
other to get private insurance. The state will need federal approval.