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Water release talks delayed

SPIRIT LAKE — Hundreds of people — comprised of citizens, business owners and governmental officials from Dickinson County and neighboring communities to the south — packed the supervisors meeting room and adjacent hallway for a rare Saturday meeting.

The topic on the table: Breeching the road at the Lower Gar Outlet in order to allow water through.

Cleanup efforts in full swing

Both Spencer and Everly kicked flood clean up efforts into full gear late last week, removing discarded items from curbside and taking them elsewhere. As the weekend closed in, a large fleet of Iowa Department of Transportation trucks arrived in Spencer to begin the massive undertaking of removing the residential and business items both north and south of the Grand Avenue Bridge.

Iowan sues after being fired for wearing Bible-verse shirts during Pride Month

A Scott County man is suing his former employer for allegedly firing him after he wore Christian-themed T-shirts to work in response to the company’s endorsement of Pride Month.

Cosby “Corey” Cunningham is suing Eaton Corp., a global power management company with a Davenport office, in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa, alleging violations of his civil rights. Eaton formerly had a plant in west Spencer.

BG-RRT chaplains deploy to Spencer

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Following record-breaking flooding that devastated parts of Iowa over the weekend, damaging nearly 2,000 properties and prompting widespread evacuations, the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team is mobilizing to Spencer, to provide support to those affected.

3 bands added to CCF grandstand lineup

The Clay County Fair announced three special guests as part of the SRG Concert Series for the 2024 Clay County Fair powered by SMU, taking place from Sept. 7-15. War Hippies will join Justin Moore on Thursday, Sept. 12, at 7:30 p.m.; Spin Doctors will join Blues Traveler on Friday, Sept. 13, at 7:30 p.m.; and Judd Hoos will join Third Eye Blind on Saturday, Sept. 14, at 7:30 p.m.



LSI received $3,000 from CCC Foundation

LSI received $3,000 from the Clay County Community Foundation to support Clinical Services with mental health training and supplies to serve children processing trauma in Clay County.

Clay County Leadership Institute offers unique educational opportunity

The Spencer Chamber announced the new Clay County Leadership Institute program, beginning on Aug. 28, and continuing one Wednesday a month until May 21. Scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the program is a great opportunity for participants to expand their network and enhance their leadership.

Feenstra announces 4th District Natural Disaster Resource Center

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Randy Feenstra, R-Hull, announced the creation of a Natural Disaster Resource Center for Iowa’s 4th Congressional District on his official website at Feenstra.House.Gov.

Those impacted by natural disasters and other severe weather events can use this site to find important information for disaster recovery, including phone numbers, email addresses, and websites for the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Small Business Administration.

Photo Gallery: Spencer Flood of 2024
  • “These last few days have been devastating and trying for all of us. I’ve witnessed more destruction of homes, businesses, and city infrastructure than I ever imagined possible. Any time I pause for a moment to think about the magnitude of this disaster, my mind becomes completely overloaded. I’ve found the only thing we can do at this point is stay busy, put one foot in front of the other and keep moving forward together … come hell or high water.
Community comes together to meet needs

This weekend, the city of Spencer was cast into an unprecedented emergency that destroyed the homes, businesses and livelihoods of many of its citizens. Flood waters rose to encompass nearly all of south Spencer and downtown and residential areas adjacent to the river in north Spencer.

Emergency services have been working around the clock to keep the citizens safe and out of harm’s way.

Register for FEMA assistance now agency head says

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds and Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Deanne Criswell got a first-hand look at the devastation wrought in Spencer by the June 22 flood.

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.

‘Red Wave’ suffers wipeout

The four-day celebration of the red, which began Thursday and was scheduled to run through Sunday at the Clay County Fair & Events Center following a week of heavy rains which resulted in citywide flooding Saturday morning.

Flood cleanup buckets available at Foundation Church

Volunteers held a drive-thru station at the Clay County Regional Events Center on June 27 for Spencer residents affected by flooding to pick up buckets of flood cleanup supplies.

Flood Briefs
  • The shelters have been consolidated and now a single shelter set up at the Clay County Regional Events Center in collaboration with the Red Cross. Residents can now go to the shelter to register for disaster relief with FEMA. Remember, all FEMA representatives will have a badge. If they do not have a FEMA badge, they are not with FEMA.
  • The Grand Avenue Bridge has been inspected and reopened by the Department of Transportation.
Woman rescued from vehicle in rising water

Last Friday, at 6:40 a.m., as area water levels continued to rise before, the massive flood event Saturday morning, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office responded to a vehicle in the ditch with water up to its windshield and entering the vehicle.

Two citizens assisted the sheriff’s office, entering the water, breaking the rear window and removing the female driver. Within minutes the vehicle was fully submerged under water.

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