Because of the excessive rainfall, flash flooding is a possibility today in eastern Iowa, northwest Illinois and northeast Missouri.
West Liberty Foods had scheduled its Landfill-Free Celebration to be held outdoors today, but it’s been postponed due to the weather. It will be rescheduled in the future.
Historic buildings at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site are closed as a precaution against flooding. Hoover Creek, the small creek that runs through the historic site, is in flood stage. The Visitor Center will remain open for business but the parking lot is closed due to flooding.
Wednesday was going to be West Liberty Night at the Quad-City River Bandits game in Davenport. The game was postponed due to rain, and West Liberty Night has been rescheduled for May 29th.
Thirty-six-year-old Brian Ray Hammill has pled guilty in Muscatine County District Court to a second or subsequent sex offender registration violation. Investigation by the Muscatine County Sheriff's Office showed that Hammill failed to register with the sheriff after beginning employment in the county. He is subject to registry requirements due to a 2000 lascivious acts with a child conviction in Scott County. Hammill will be sentenced May 31st.
Monsanto Company employees, including those in Grinnell, Williamsburg and Muscatine, participated in the company’s second “Rural Hunger Volunteer Week.” Employees at nearly 100 locations across the U.S. volunteered at local food banks or organized food collection drives in the months of February and March. On March 8th, the Muscatine Monsanto employees served a catered lunch for the approximately 50 residents who live at Muscatine’s Center for Social Action.
A dedication of Muscatine County’s newest recreation area, the Sand Pits, will be at 10 on Saturday morning at the Pettibone Avenue entrance. The 435-acre former quarry was donated to the Muscatine County Conservation Board in December by the Chris Rayburn family of the W.G. Block Company. The Rayburn family will be on hand for the dedication and to reveal the new name for the area.
The Iowa State Patrol and Nationwide Insurance Company are launching a statewide initiative to deter and catch vehicle thieves. In the following weeks and months, several highly equipped vehicles will be deployed in communities across Iowa. These cars have GPS tracking and in-car video surveillance capabilities, all designed to catch car thieves in-the-act. Troopers will monitor in real time, from a remote location, when and where the car thief has taken the bait.