Flooded roadways to open soon

Posted June 24, 2014 at 8:26 pm

At 11:30 a.m., June 24 (today) Union County Highway Department Supervisor – Emergency Management Administrator Raymond Roggow gave commissioners an update on the Big Sioux River Flood of 2014.

The county’s County Road 17 flood repair work and preventive measures, completed in 2012, are gone. The county had raised County Road No. 17, which is also known as 481st Avenue south of S.D. Highway 48, to withstand a 20 feet river flood stage but decided not to install a concrete low-water spillway as originally planned.

At Akron, the Big Sioux River reached a record-setting high of 25.58 feet the week of June 16.

“There will be major expenses there,” Roggow told the Commissioners.

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    S.D. Flood assistance available Call 877-377-0941

    Homeowners and business owners who have flood damage in Union County, S.D., are encouraged to call the county’s Flood of 2014 Hot Line at 877-377-0941.

    There are two programs that they may be eligible to receive disaster aid.

    First, is a grant program for those needing individual assistance. Anyone who has flood damage in their homes or businesses and meets the following criteria is eligible for assistance:

    • Flood

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    Storms seize Akron — but no known damage

    Between 8:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Monday emergency weather sirens went off in the town of Akron — not once but twice. Storm spotters reported rotation in clouds directly above Akron and then later over Riverside Cemetery. They also spotted a dropping cloud in South Dakota. The rotations never dropped into funnel clouds or tornadoes but did drop heavy rains. However, the line of storms which began out in Nebraska included two tornadoes which destroyed half of Pilger, Neb., a town with

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    Big Sioux River flood warning issued

    By Steve Peterson

    The Big Sioux River at Akron and Hawarden reached flood warning status as of Monday morning.

    Further rains were forecast for later that day, June 16, and off and on this week, which could affect crest forecasts, according to the National Weather Service’s Sioux Falls, S.D. Office.

    As of 6 a.m. June 16 at Akron, the river’s stage was 16.23 feet

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    Lady Westerners finish third at State Golf

    By Steve Peterson

    Akron-Westfield girls’ golf team moved up from fourth to third place at the second day of the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union State Golf Tournament held at American Legion Memorial Golf Course in Marshalltown.

    The Lady Westerners finished with a team score of 756 strokes, edging Bishop Garrigan of Algona’s 757 strokes. Grundy Center won the Class 1A title with 711 strokes, and New London was second with 744

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    Landslide victory for sheriff on 911 Tax Opt Out

    By Julie Ann Madden

    In every single precinct, Union County voters favored passing the tax opt out to fund the county’s Communications Center.

    Only 27 percent of the 2,043 voters who cast ballots rejected the opt out. There were 1,490 “Yes” votes and 553 “No” votes.

    “The turnout was low but I’m very pleased with the support throughout the county,” said Union County Sheriff Dan Limoges. “It means a lot,

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    Akron area hit hard with storms

    By Julie Ann Madden

    “You need help?” was heard around town Sunday afternoon after a severe thunderstorm hit Akron about 3:00 p.m.

    By 5 p.m., people who had cleaned up their own tree debris or had none were out seeking to help others.

    The storm came from the south making a swath through Portlandville Heights along the eastern edge of

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    Wind turbine proposal may provide solution

    By Julie Ann Madden

    At a special meeting May 22, the Akron-Westfield School Board unanimously approved entering into an agreement for disposal of the wind turbine.

    The proposal is for Joe Graham of BlueSkyWind LLC of New York to have a 120-day “free look period” to create an arrangement which will allow his company to take steps to release Akron-Westfield School District from all wind turbine responsibilities.

    A-W Board Member

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    Memorial Day 2014 — Albert E. Hoschler American Legion Hall

    By Julie Madden

    Editor’s Note: Veteran Charles Adams served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. The Memorial Day program was incorrect.

    Look at these flags. Listen to these flags. Feel the power of these flags and act upon it, said Retired Corpsman Larry Tentinger, the keynote speaker for Akron’s Memorial Day Program.

    “The sight of Old Glory waving puts a clear picture of freedom right in front of us

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    Seven flags to be dedicated

    to Akron’s Avenue of Flags

    During the Memorial Day Program hosted by the Albert E. Hoschler American Legion Post No. 186, seven more deceased veterans’ flags will be added to the Avenue of Flags, which graces the Akron City Park on Memorial Day.

    The seven veterans’ flag dedications are for:

    • Charles Adams, U.S. Navy, World War II;

    • Albert Beeck, U.S. Army,

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