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Government

  • National Guard Demobilized

    The levees near the banks of the Missouri River in Mills County are no longer in the hands of the Iowa National Guard.

  • Road Woes

    Floodwaters may be receding in areas of Mills County but dangers remain for motorists on the county’s many closed roads, said Mills County Engineer Kevin Mayberry.

        Mayberry, speaking at a Flood Policy Group meeting at Glenwood Community High School earlier this month, said many of the county’s roads closed entirely or partially by floodwaters in evacuated portions of western Mills County could be months away from being passable due to damage caused by the water.

  • FEMA Assistance Denied To Iowa

    Iowa was notified late last week by Federal Emergency Management Agency Director Craig Fugate that the state’s request for activation of the Federal Individual Assistance Program for Fremont, Harrison, Monona, Pottawattamie and Woodbury counties has been denied.

    Mills County was not included in the original request due to a low number of significantly affected homes in our area during the original assessment process.

  • Silver City, Hastings Post Offices Closing?

    The mayors of Hastings and Silver City said they were surprised to learn last week the post offices in their respective communities are among the more than 3,700 nationwide being considered for permanent closure by the U.S. Postal Service.

        “Actually, we are kind of surprised because in the past, we’ve been told because of the number of rural customers we have, the fact that we have a postmaster and the fact that the school (Nishna Valley) is considered to be in Hastings, we’d be OK,” Hastings Mayor Troy Hatcher said.

  • Reprieve For Commuters

        The Iowa Department of Transportation is counting on a “crossover” on Interstate 29 south of Exit 32 in western Mills County to provide relief to flood-detoured motorists utilizing the Plattsmouth Bridge to travel between Iowa and Nebraska. The IDOT implemented the temporary crossover last Wednesday.

  • More Evacuations In Mills County

    EDITOR'S NOTE - Mills County released the following announcement Wednesday: A Mandatory Evacuation Order was issued Wednesday by the Mills County Board of Supervisors and Mills County Emergency Management, affecting four  residences in northwest Mills County.
     

  • Levee Watch

    Their mission is to identify potential problems and trouble spots that could compromise the structural integrity of the Missouri River levee system in western Mills County.

        Working in teams of two, soldiers from the Iowa Army National Guard have been patrolling Mills County’s 26 miles of levee since mid-June. Most of the soldiers assigned to Mills County are members of the 1168th Transportation Co., based out of Audubon, Perry and Marshalltown.

  • Governor Gets 'First-hand Look' At Flood-fighting Efforts

    PACIFIC JUNCTION – Gov. Terry Branstad visited Mills County Wednesday afternoon to assess Missouri River flood damage and get a personal look at the flood prevention efforts being carried out by local governmental agencies, homeowners and private businesses.

  • Steps Taken To Protect Water Plant

    The Glenwood Municipal Utilities Board believes it’s done everything in its power to protect the Glenwood Water Treatment plant from potential Missouri River floodwater.

        “I think we’ve done everything that was humanly possible to protect that plant,” John Dean, chairman of the GMU board of directors said last week. “We did the best thing we could possibly do. Are we still going to lose it? I don’t know. That water could get 8 feet there, but in my lifetime it never has.”

  • Mandatory Evacuation West Of I-29

    A mandatory evacuation order was issued today by the Mills County Board of Supervisors and Mills County Emergency Management.  The evacuation area includes the following: west of Interstate 29 (I-29) and South of Gaston Avenue to the Fremont County Line.  Due to the rise of interior ground water east of the Mills County Levee system, various roads in this area are becoming impassable.