HNI Corporation has announced sales of $442.3 million for the first quarter ended March 30th. Net income was $1.4 million or 3 cents per share. That compares with a loss of $141,000, and break even per share, in the prior-year quarter.

Nichole Sorgenfrey is United Way of Muscatine's new program manager. She was formerly director of sales at the Clarion Hotel. Sorgenfrey will primarily be focusing on revitalizing United Way’s volunteer program in the beginning, with expanded duties later.

The Iowa Army Ammunition Plant in Middletown discharged an estimated 100,000 gallons of untreated wastewater in recent days. The release was reported to the Iowa DNR Wednesday morning but began Monday afternoon when a pump in the wastewater treatment plant failed. Plant operators repaired the pump and stopped the flow Wednesday morning.

 

If you are a first time homebuyer, need help getting a loan or need assistance with closing costs, you'll want to know that the Muscatine Municipal Housing Agency is now enrolling for the next home ownership class. It is scheduled for May 4th and 11th. Class size is limited. Call (563) 264-0667 for more information or to sign up.

Erika Kate Foundation, an organization serving families of children with life-threatening heart illnesses, has launched a new fundraising effort called “Just Like Me.” It runs until June 30th with the goal of adding 100 new monthly supporters.

 

Flood Safety Tips:

  • Listen to area radio and television stations and a NOAA Weather Radio for possible flood warnings and reports of flooding in progress or other critical information from the National Weather Service (NWS).

  • Be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice.

  • When a flood or flash flood warning is issued for your area, head for higher ground and stay there.

  • Stay away from floodwaters. If you come upon a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around and go another way. Six inches of swiftly moving water can sweep you off of your feet.

  • If you come upon a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.

  • Keep children out of the water. They are curious and often lack judgment about running water or contaminated water.

  • Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood danger.

  • Because standard homeowners insurance doesn’t cover flooding, it’s important to have protection from the floods associated with hurricanes, tropical storms, heavy rains and other conditions that impact the U.S. For more information on flood insurance, please visit the National Flood Insurance Program Web site at www.FloodSmart.gov.

What To Do After a Flood:

  • Return home only when officials have declared the area safe.

  • Before entering your home, look outside for loose power lines, damaged gas lines, foundation cracks or other damage.

  • If you smell natural or propane gas or hear a hissing noise, leave immediately and call the fire department.

  • If power lines are down outside your home, do not step in puddles or standing water.

  • Keep children and pets away from hazardous sites and floodwater.

  • Materials such as cleaning products, paint, batteries, contaminated fuel and damaged fuel containers are hazardous. Check with local authorities for assistance with disposal to avoid risk.

  • During cleanup, wear protective clothing, including rubber gloves and rubber boots.

  • Make sure your food and water are safe. Discard items that have come in contact with floodwater, including canned goods, water bottles, plastic utensils and baby bottle nipples. When in doubt, throw it out!

  • Do not use water that could be contaminated to wash dishes, brush teeth, prepare food, wash hands, make ice or make baby formula.

  • Contact your local or state public health department for specific recommendations for boiling or treating water in your area after a disaster as water may be contaminated.

 

 

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