Government officials visit Union County to survey water damage in homes

Posted July 3, 2014 at 5:00 am

by Dodie Hook

Officials from FEMA, Union County, State of South Dakota, and Small Business Administration visited Union County June 26 and 27 to gather information on flood damage in homes. Among the officials were Raymond Roggow, Union County Emergency Management Administrator and James Taylor, FEMA Individualist Assistance Program Specialist from Denver.

FEMA has disaster grants up to $32,400 for inside damage to homes and businesses. SBA also has low interest loans available for homeowners and business owners with damage.

The FEMA grant program is 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 waters

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    Double rainbow

    This double rainbow was spotted over the flood waters in Union County. Like most double rainbows, the primary rainbow is brighter and the secondary rainbow has reversed colors and is more faint.

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    Big Sioux River breaks record; lots of flooding

    by Dodie Hook and

    Steve Peterson

    What happens when a dam breaks in Minnesota due to lots of rain and breaks a dam almost emptying a lake? We in Akron have a record breaking flood that’s what. The river stage in Akron crested at 25.58’ Wednesday, 9.58’ over the flood stage of 16’. The record was 23.38’ in 2001.

    More than seven inches of rain fell

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    Flooded roadways to open soon

    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.

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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:

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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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