Still open: U.S. Highway 30 from Blair, Neb., to Missouri Valley, Iowa, remained open Sunday night despite a levee break that had caused some flooding in the Missouri Valley area.
Bluffs shelter: A 24-hour emergency aid station opened in Council Bluffs for flood victims in need of help, according to the Heartland Chapter of the American Red Cross. The help center at First Assembly of God, 3320 Harry Langdon Blvd., provides meals, showers, information, a place to nap or, in special circumstances, bed down for the night. It is a temporary safe refuge in the storm, Red Cross officials said. For more information, call 800-RED-CROSS or 800-733-2767 between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Open again: Hot Shops Art Center was open Sunday. The day before, it had closed after at least a foot of water surrounded the building at 13th and Nicholas Streets. Another foot was pooling inside the center's boiler room. Hot Shops managing partner Tim Barry said Sunday that pumps that had been installed to dry the floor had worked, and the water around the building was pumped out by the city. Hot Shops is normally closed on weekends but had planned to be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday during the College World Series. “A little bit of water isn't going to hurt,” Barry said. “We're fine.”
Interstate closure: The Iowa Department of Transportation temporarily closed a portion of Interstate 29 northbound in Monona County due to construction of a flood wall on Sunday. Northbound I-29 was closed between exits 105 near Blencoe and 112 near Onawa. A flood barrier wall will be on both the outside and inside shoulders of the highway. Work on the flood barrier wall along the southbound lanes of I-29 in this same area is near completion, transportation officials said.
Evacuations: Residents from four Council Bluffs homes were forced to evacuate after heavy rains Saturday morning affected their utilities. The residences are located on Gifford Road, a low area in Council Bluffs that in the past has experienced ponding water from heavy rains, said Don Gross, the city's public information officer. The residents did not require outside assistance with sheltering, he said. The Council Bluffs Airport reported .91 inches of rain following Saturday morning's storm.
Churches responding: More than 40 people from Council Bluffs churches met last week to talk about relief that may be needed and how they can respond, said Kris Ranney, volunteer coordinator at the Council Bluffs Flood Volunteer Center at First Christian Church. Some churches already are providing boxes, packing supplies and meals. Among the projects in the works are finding more storage space and serving meals for people who are temporarily displaced, as well as setting up a sandbagging operation for private parties and small businesses. Churches also may seek to meet needs for pastoral counseling, respite care and other services. Those who need help or have services or resources to offer may call the volunteer hotline at 712-325-4736 or send an email to email@example.com.
THE RUMOR MILL
Ponca open: Ponca State Park was not closed due to flooding, as rumored. The riverfront campground is closed, as is the boat access ramp, but the rest of the park is open and activities are going on as scheduled, park officials said Sunday.
Bridge still open: Officials say the toll bridge at Decatur, Neb., into Iowa over the Missouri River is not closed and remains open. Jim Maryott, civil defense coordinator for Decatur, Neb., said the toll for the Nebraska Hwy. 51 bridge into Iowa is $1. Hwy. 51 becomes Iowa Highway 175 that takes motorists east to Onawa and is a link to Interstate 29.
— World-Herald staff writers Maggie O'Brien, Sam Womack, Emily Nohr and Larry Sparks.