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  • Floodwater Forces Homeowners To Campgrounds

    As waters rise and warnings persist that flooding is still imminent in and around Mills County, displaced residents are seeking out alternative living spaces.

        About a dozen of those displaced homeowners have taken up residence in Mills County’s campgrounds.

  • Four Crashes, One Fatality On I-29

    A Nebraska man died from injuries he suffered in a collision early Saturday afternoon on Interstate 29 west of Pacific Junction.

        Michael J. Eppenbach, 60, of Ord, Neb., was pronounced dead at Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha.

  • Floodwater A Roadblock To RAGBRAI Tradition

    One of RAGBRAI’s time-honored traditions is the latest victim of  the historic flooding taking place on the Missouri River.

  • RAGBRAI Rolling In

    Ready or not, Glenwood, RAGBRAI weekend is almost here.

        More than 10,000 bicyclists and another 5,000 – 10,000 visitors are expected to converge on the city this weekend for the start of the 39th Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa. Most of the riders will arrive Saturday.
        The seven-day, 454-mile trek officially begins at the crack of dawn Sunday morning with riders leaving town from Redbud Ave. near Glenwood Community High School. RAGBRAI XXXIX ends Saturday, July 30, in Davenport.

  • Mills County Flooding Update

    On Friday, Mills County Emergency Management Director Larry Hurst provided an update to The Opinion-Tribune on the latest flood situation during a five-hour tour and assessment of the Missouri River levee systems and lowland flooding in western Mills County. Hurst said roads and agricultural fields are being lost daily as surface waters rise.

     

  • Humane Society Ceases Operations

    The future of the Loess Hills Humane Society’s animal shelter  in Mills County (21600 221st St.) is in question following a formal announcement last week that the facility has been closed indefinitely, and LHHS has not renewed its animal control contracts with Mills County or the cities of Glenwood and Pacific Junction.

  • More Road Closures

    A levee breach along the Missouri River near Percival Thursday morning coincided with the closing of another portion of Interstate 29 in western Iowa.

        The interstate was closed Thursday at the Bartlett exit (Exit 24) in Fremont County and detour signs encouraged southbound motorists on I-29 to exit at the Glenwood interchange (Exit 35) so they could head east on Highway 34 to connect with Highway 275,  Highway 59 or Highway 71 to continue southbound travel.

  • Evacuations In Mills, Fremont Counties

    Mandatory evacuation orders issued last week forced over  700  residents of western Mills and Fremont Counties to leave their homes.

        More than 600 Fremont County residents living west of Interstate 29 were told to leave their homes Wednesday morning because of concerns about rising floodwater in the Missouri River. On Thursday, Mills County households west of Interstate 29 and south of Gaston Ave. received mandatory evacuation notices. Over 100 Mills County residents were given until Friday at 4 p.m. to leave.

  • Railroad committed to keeping tracks open

        PACIFIC JUNCTION - A large crew of workers from Burlington Northern Sante Fe and an army of private contractors have descended on Pacific Junction in an attempt to ensure the railroad’s east and west mainline near the town stays open during expected flooding from the Missouri River.

  • Homeowners Prepare For Flooding

    The berm-building and sandbagging efforts taking place in recent weeks along railroad tracks and around businesses in western Mills County are well-documented, but dozens of homeowners are also taking precautionary measures to protect their property from the rising water in the Missouri River.

    “We’re down to the basic essentials where we can move out pretty quick,” Dan Robbins said. “We need to keep the rain away and hope the
    levees hold.”