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Flood Updates

  • Starting Wednesday, the Recovery Resource Hub at will serve as the city’s official information source for all news, information and resources related to the efforts to recover and rebuild from the recent flood. The hub will be continuously updated to provide accurate information.
CCCF activates disaster recovery fund

The Clay County Community Foundation has activated a disaster recovery fund to channel monetary donations to area nonprofit organizations helping county residents recover from the June 22 floods.

“The Disaster Recovery Fund is for immediate needs and is designed to be flexible to quickly give funds,” said Terri Batschelet, the organization’s executive director.

DNR to host western Iowa deer population meeting July 18

CHEROKEE — The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will host eight meetings in western Iowa to discuss the status of the region’s deer herd as population levels have fallen in recent years.

Locally, the meeting will be held July 18, at the Community Center Auditorium, in Cherokee, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The meeting is open to the public.

Summer Food Program open sites

Spencer Community School District is participating in the Summer Food Service Program. Meals will be provided to all children without charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. Meals will be provided, at a first-come, first-serve basis, at the sites and times as follows:


Emergency Feeding Grab N Go — Breakfast and Lunch

Spencer Community School Foundation 2024 Scholarship Recipients

This year, the Spencer Community Schools Foundation awarded scholarships to 79 seniors on Sunday, March 17, at the Clay County Regional Events Center. These awards are available through benefactors, as well as annual contributions from those choosing to support students, the school and the community.

(Above) The Gilbert & Lillian Pullen Scholarship: Jace Fullhart, Tyler Heinrichs, Keegan Nissen and Madilynn VanDenBrink.

Around Campus
  • AMES — More than 10,600 Iowa State University students have been recognized for outstanding academic achievement by being named to the spring semester 2024 dean’s list. Students named to the dean’s list must earn a GPA of at least 3.50 on a 4.00 scale while carrying a minimum of 12 credit hours of graded course work.
Spencer's 4th of July celebration postponed

The Spencer 4th of July Fireworks Committee has postponed the fireworks to a later date. The decision came after thoroughly reviewing the weather forecast and evaluating the best use of community resources at this specific time of recovery. The committee’s hope is that a fireworks show in a few weeks will be a time for the community to rest, gather and celebrate the recovery that has been made so far.

City's Recovery Resource Hub available Thursday

Starting today, the Recovery Resource Hub ( will serve as the city’s official information source for all news, information and resources related to the efforts to recover and rebuild from the recent flood. The hub will be continuously updated to provide accurate information.

Superintendent announces district plan for relocating Lincoln students

The Spencer Community School District has announced that, due to extensive flood damage, Lincoln Elementary School will be closed for the 2024-25 school year.

Students who attend Lincoln Elementary will be moved to other schools in the district for the upcoming school year. Third grade students will be placed at Fairview Elementary, fourth grade students will be at Johnson Elementary and fifth grade students will be at the middle school.

FEMA to open Disaster Recovery Center today

Tuesday, at 1 p.m. in the Tower Gate Pavilion on the Clay County Fairgrounds in Spencer, the Federal Emergency Management Agency will open a Disaster Recovery Center. The center will be open from 1-6 p.m. on July 2, and then 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day until further notice.

At least 2,100 Spencer buildings touched by flood waters, official says

City planning and building officials have been overwhelmed by the scope of the damage caused by the June 22 floods and are struggling to restore power to homes and businesses.

SCS volunteers operate free child care at Deerfield

In light of the day care crisis brought on by the monumental flooding, Spencer Community School District volunteer staff began offering temporary day care services for kids in the district. Childcare in the Park, located at Deerfield Park, which ran from ran from 9 a.m. to noon through Friday, was arranged by Jackie Christensen and Sara Schiltz.

Hemann: School in Spencer will start Aug. 23

The Spencer Community School District will begin its school year on Aug. 23 as previously planned despite extensive flood damage to two elementary schools.

Former mayor takes charge of disaster recovery in Spencer

The scale of devastation in Spencer following the June 22 flood rivals that seen in disasters such as Hurricane Katrina, new interim Deputy City Manager Kevin Robinson said during an informational City Council meeting on June 27.

Flood Updates
  • The Walmart and P&G shower trailer and Tide Loads of Hope Mobile Laundry Unit powered by Matthew: 25 Ministries are available for the community at the Walmart in Spencer, at 500 11th St. SW, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or until capacity is reached.
  • Residents can now go to the Clay County Regional Events Center shelter to register for disaster relief with FEMA. The library also has computers and internet that are available to use to register online.
Flood Services

Thrifty White sets up limited mobile pharmacy

Thrifty White Pharmacy will have a mobile pharmacy set up to support prescription needs in the community. The mobile pharmacy will have limited services available beginning at noon. The services will initially start only for patients that had prescriptions waiting for pick up at the Spencer Thrifty White prior to evacuation on June 22.

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