September 21, 2018 - 2:56 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — The heavy rains this week were not good news for area farmers, many of whom had been on the verge of beginning the harvest.

Iowa State University Extension Agronomist Joel De Jong says the recent rains will keep farmers out of the fields for some time.

De Jong says how much of a delay in harvest the weather has caused will vary from field to field.

He says this year’s heavy rains have come at the worst possible time for farmers.

Hopefully Mother Nature will cooperate in helping fields dry out as quickly as possible, and hold off with anymore rain.

September 21, 2018 - 1:06 pm - Posted in News

Des Moines, Iowa — Gov. Kim Reynolds has issued a disaster proclamation for O’Brien, Sioux, Cherokee, Clay, Dickinson, Emmet, Franklin, Hancock, Humboldt, Kossuth, Palo Alto, Winnebago, Worth and Wright counties in response to storms and flooding that took place beginning Sept. 19, 2018.

The governor’s proclamation allows state resources to be utilized to respond to and recover from the effects of this severe weather and activates the Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program for qualifying residents, along with the Disaster Case Management Program.

The Individual Assistance Grant Program provides grants of up to $5,000 for households with incomes up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level or a maximum annual income of $41,560 for a family of three. Grants are available for home or car repairs, replacement of clothing or food and temporary housing expenses. Original receipts are required for those seeking reimbursement for actual expenses related to storm recovery. The grant application and instructions are available on the Iowa Department of Human Services website. Potential applicants have 45 days from the date of the proclamation to submit a claim.

Disaster Case Management is a program to address serious needs to overcome a disaster-related hardship, injury or adverse condition. Disaster case managers work with clients to create a disaster recovery plan and provide guidance, advice and referral to obtain a service or resource. There are no income eligibility requirements for this program; it closes 180 days from the date of the governor’s proclamation. For information on the Disaster Case Management Program, contact your local community action association or visit

Residents of counties impacted by the recent severe weather are asked to report damage to help local and state officials better understand the damage sustained. Damage to property, roads, utilities and other storm-related information may be reported. This information will be collected by the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and shared with local emergency management agencies.

September 20, 2018 - 4:21 pm - Posted in News

Spencer, Iowa — Following heavy rains and extensive flooding in northwest Iowa, the DNR encourages Iowans to stay out of floodwaters until after the waters recede.

About 18 communities from Alton to Sioux Center have reported discharges from their wastewater treatment plants due to intense rains, according to Lois Benson, environmental specialist at DNR’s Spencer field office.

She added that 26 livestock operations reported their manure storage systems were overflowing. They are reporting they’ve received from 7 to 12 inches of rainfall, with more expected tonight, according to Benson. She says the vast majority have a national pollution prevention discharge elimination system or NPDES permit. In essence, this permit allows them to overflow in heavy rains.

Most of the discharging livestock facilities are in Lyon, Sioux, O’Brien and Clay counties. She says the DNR is telling them to hold the overflow as best they can and try to prevent it from reaching a stream. Some are transferring it to other areas. Some are trying to contain it behind terraces.

Producers who expect to discharge need to call the Spencer DNR field office at 712-262-4177.

While fast stream currents are the biggest risk for people, high waters can also carry debris and bacteria. Benson says the safest course is to stay out of the waters until several days after streams return to normal depths.

September 20, 2018 - 3:39 pm - Posted in News

Rock Valley, Iowa — A Rock Valley man faces a felony OWI charge after a crash early on Thursday, September 20th in Rock Valley.

According to the Rock Valley Police Department, the call started with the report of a hit-and-run crash at 1704 Thirteenth Street in central Rock Valley. Police Chief Monte Warburton says a vehicle was struck by another, which left the scene. No injuries were reported.

He says officers were able to locate the vehicle and the alleged driver, 24-year-old Jacob Daniel Soodsma, of Rock Valley. Soodsma was charged with third-offense operating while intoxicated, a class D felony; and misdemeanor counts of windshield/window violation, failure to maintain control, leaving the scene of an accident, and violation of restricted license.

Soodsma was transported to the Sioux County Jail in Orange City. He was released at 1:23 p.m. on Thursday after posting bond, according to Chief Warburton.

September 20, 2018 - 3:27 pm - Posted in News

These areas listed below in Sioux County were flooded or had previously water over the roadway. Use caution in these areas and do not attempt to drive through any flooded areas that you encounter. Any of these areas may have dangerous road conditions, even if you no longer see water on the roadway. Use extra caution at:

*370th Street and Dove Avenue, seven miles southwest of Rock Valley
*Elmwood Avenue between 400th and 410th Street, eight miles south of Rock Valley
* Highway 18 and Chestnut Avenue, six to seven miles west of Rock Valley.
300th Street between Coolidge Avenue and Dogwood Avenue, two to three miles west of Rock Valley.
* Highway 18 between Coolidge Avenue and Dogwood Avenue, two to three miles west of Rock Valley.
* Grant Avenue north of 280th Street, four miles northwest of Hull.
* Goldfinch Avenue north of 280th Street, five miles northwest of Hull.
* 280th Street east of Garfield Avenue, five and one‐half miles northwest of Hull.
* Garfield Avenue south of 270th Street, six miles northwest of Hull.
* 270th Street and Harrison Avenue, four miles north of Hull.
* 330th Street and Grant Avenue, four miles southwest of Hull.
* 340th Street and Grant Avenue, five miles southwest of Hull.
* 350th Street and Ironwood Avenue, six miles south of Hull.
* 330th Street east of Indian Avenue, two miles southeast of Hull.
* Goldfinch Avenue north of 350th Street, three miles northwest of Sioux Center.
* Ibex Avenue and 460th Street, two miles west of Orange City.
* 410th Street east of Ironwood Avenue, three miles north of Orange City.
* 400th Street and Jackson Avenue, four miles north of Orange City.
* 460th Street and Ibex Avenue, three miles southwest of Orange City.
* 380th Street west of Log Avenue, one mile north of Hospers
* 400th Street just west of Hospers
* 430th Street west of Highway 60, three miles southwest of Hospers.
* 410th Street west of Highway 60, one and one‐half miles southwest of Hospers.
*395th Street just west of Hospers.
* 390th Street west of McKinley Avenue, one and one‐half miles east of Hospers.
* McKinley Avenue south of Highway 60 just south of Sheldon.
* Kingbird Avenue west of Highway 60, two miles northeast of Alton.
* 480th Street and Highway 60, two miles southwest of Alton.
* 3rd Avenue between Garfield Street and Highway 10 in Alton.
* 380th Street west of Kennedy Avenue, six miles south of Boyden.
* Cleveland Avenue south of 390th Street, eight miles of Hawarden.
* Dipper Avenue south of 420th Street, seven miles northeast of Hawarden.

Please use caution if you encounter any roadways that have been or currently are impacted by water.

September 20, 2018 - 2:49 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — Area hardware stores were kept busy Thursday as residents dealt with flooding from the torrential rains that fell Wednesday evening and Thursday morning.

KIWA talked with several businesses in the area that sell sump pumps, and we found out there had been a BIG run on the devices at most stores throughout the area.

Downtown Hardware and Neal Chase Lumber in Sheldon report having several sump pumps and sump pump hoses go out the door Thursday, with Sheldon Power and Equipment selling some sump pumps as well. At Bomgaars in Sheldon they went through their entire supply of sump pumps quickly Thursday morning, and had to go to their warehouse in Sioux City to get another shipment.

In George, Heartland Hardware tells KIWA that they have gone through several sump pumps, as well as hoses and accessories Thursday morning. At M&H True Value Hardware in Rock Valley, they say they not only sold several sump pumps, but also several sump pump hoses and shop vacs, as well. M&H says the volume of sales wasn’t as big as they experienced during the June flooding, but it was substantial.

Here in Sheldon, one KIWA employee who says he’s never had a drop of water in the basement of the home he’s inhabited for 22-years, is one of two KIWA staff who spent their Thursday dealing with flooded basements. Another KIWA employee who has lived in their current home for six years reports the first episode of water in the basement came Thursday morning.

The good news is, according to the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls, Friday will bring partly sunny skies, with no chance of rain in the forecast through the weekend. There is, however, a chance of more rain beginning early next week.

September 20, 2018 - 1:15 pm - Posted in News

Washington, DC — (RI) — Iowa Senator Joni Ernst says negotiations on the next Farm Bill have “taken a turn” in the wrong direction.

Ernst is the only Iowan on the committee of House and Senate members assigned to come up with a new five-year Farm Bill by the end of the month.

That means the current Farm Bill provisions would be extended through 2019, giving congress 12 more months to negotiate.

The main sticking point is whether to enforce new work requirements for Americans who receive government nutrition assistance — commonly referred to as “food stamps.” The proposal was included in the version of the Farm Bill that cleared the U.S. House, but not the one that passed the Senate. Ernst says conference committee members have worked through other points of friction. If the debate over work requirements for nutrition assistance continues into 2019, it could occur in a reorganized committee with new members and, perhaps, under Democratic rather than Republican control.

Ernst spoke in the U.S. Capitol, near the Senate floor.

September 20, 2018 - 11:38 am - Posted in News

Sheldon, Iowa — A 29-year old Le Mars man was taken to the hospital after a single vehicle rollover crash south of Sheldon Wednesday afternoon.

According to the Iowa State Patrol Crash Report, Omar Morales Martinez was northbound in the inside lane of Highway 60 near mile marker 29 in a 2009 Toyota pickup when he dropped the truck’s tires off the road onto the inside shoulder. The report says he then over-corrected, crossed back across the northbound lanes where the vehicle shifted sideways causing it to hit the east shoulder sideways. The truck then reportedly rolled over twice in the east ditch before coming to rest on it’s wheels.

Morales Martinez was transported to the Sanford Sheldon Medical Center by the Sheldon Community Ambulance Team for treatment of what the crash report describes as “minor” injuries.

The crash report says Morales Martinez told troopers that he was afraid there was something wrong with the truck while he was driving, which caused him to hit the inside shoulder and over-correct. The crash report indicates that the truck’s owner told authorities that the vehicle had been recently inspected, during which the Toyota mechanichad indicated there were possible issues with the vehicle’s front end differential. Troopers report that a mechanic with Morgan Collision & Tire looked at the vehicle, and stated, “It drove fine onth the rollback truck.” The report says the Morgan’s mechanic said the truck made a noise while trying to turn, but he saw no issues with its performance.

Troopers reportedly ticketed Morales Martinez for Failure to Maintain Control. The vehicle was estimated by troopers to be a total loss.

September 20, 2018 - 11:21 am - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — The heavy overnight rains, combined with the rains that came Tuesday have caused many flooded basements, flooded roadways, and even one school closure here in northwest Iowa.

At the KIWA Studios in Sheldon we measured 5.3-inches of rain in the 24-hour period ending at 7:00 this morning. When combined with the 1.24-inches that fell Tuesday, Sheldon’s total for this rainfall event is 6.54-inches, with the rain continuing to fall as of mid-morning. That gives us a total for the year of 43.81-inches of precipitation, or some 21.15-inches…nearly 2-feet….more than the precipitation received at this point in a normal year. In Ashton, one listener even reported that he had so much water in his basement that his basement stairs were floating.

We had several listener reports of rainfall totals Thursday morning: 4 miles east of Sanborn, 5.6-inches of rain fell; George had 3.96-inches; a listener at Luverne, Minnesota measured 2.5-inches in their rain gauge Thursday morning; 2 miles south of Sanborn 7.00-inches of rain was reported; with 8.00-inches reported at Hartley; 4.5-inches in northern Hull, 3.75-inches of rain was reported by a listener 4 miles south of Paullina; Rock Rapids Municipal Utilities report 3.5-inches; and the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office at Sibley reported 4.00-inches of precipitation.

Kerry Hanko is a Meteorologis with the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls, and she tells us there is some light at the end of the rainfall tunnel.

She says that, contrary to the question they’ve repeatedly been asked this morning, this rainfall event is NOT because of Hurricane Florence, the storm that recently walloped the Carolinas.

Images of area flooding can be viewed below……………

Sheldon Country Club – Drone image courtesy Dean Hansen

Floating Basement Stairs in Ashton Residence – submitted by listener

Flooding North of Sanborn – submitted by listener

Road Flooding – submitted by listener

Kennedy Avenue, North of B-40 – submitted by listener

Road Flooding – submitted by listener

Flooded Field – submitted by listener

Water Standing in a Field – submitted by listener

Mill Creek Golf Course, Paullina – submitted by listener

Walmart Parking Lot in Spencer – submitted by listener

September 19, 2018 - 3:06 pm - Posted in News

Rock Valley, Iowa — Three people were taken to an area hospital after a crash on Wednesday morning (September 19th) near Rock Valley.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that 59-year-old Glenn Lowery of Ayr, Ontario, Canada was driving a 2014 Volvo semi‐tractor pulling a freight trailer southbound on Highway 18, approaching the eastbound curve at the intersection of Chestnut Avenue, six miles west of Rock Valley. They say 43-year-old Mary Stolpe of Le Mars was driving a 2000 Chevrolet Silverado pickup northbound on Chestnut Avenue. The deputy’s report says Stolpe failed to stop for the stop sign. Her vehicle entered the intersection and the vehicles collided. After the accident, the truck and trailer entered the east ditch and came to rest in a cornfield. The pickup entered the east ditch and rolled.

The Rock Valley Ambulance took Stolpe and two passengers in her pickup to the Hegg Health Hospital in Rock Valley.

The report says the Volvo truck sustained about $20,000 in damage. The pickup sustained about $10,000 in damage.

It says Stolpe was cited on a charge of failure to obey a stop sign.

The sheriff’s office says the Rock Valley Fire Department, Rock Valley Ambulance Squad, Rock Valley Police Department, and the Iowa Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Enforcement assisted them with the response to the accident.