Sat. May 25
Chance of showers and storms very early, then again late. Otherwise, partly cloudy. Wind: SW 5-15
Hi 80 Lo 61 (KCRG)
Be Prepared for Severe Weather
It's springtime in Iowa, which means the conditions are favorable for any kind of weather, no matter how bizarre. It's also a good time to revisit some of the things we, as Iowans, learned growing up, as well as educate those who may not be used to Iowa's extreme weather.
A storm, flood, or tornado watch means that conditions are favorable for the formation of tornadoes in thunderstorms. While no immediate action is required, you should be aware that a storm could develop and be prepared to seek shelter if necessary.
A warning means that a storm or tornado has been sighted on the weather Doppler radar and you should take shelter now.
According to the National Weather Service, a severe storm refers to hail greater than or equal to 1" in diameter and/or wind gusts that meet or exceed 58 mph. Although these storms can also be associated with dangerous cloud to ground lightning or heavy rainfall that is capable of causing flash flooding.
Photo courtesy of the Hiawatha Fire Department
Open House Kicks Off EMS Week
May 19-25 is National Emergency Medical Services week, and to celebrate, the Hiawatha Fire Department opened its doors to host an open house May 19 at the Hiawatha Fire Station.
Besides cake, hot dogs, and lemonade guests were invited to browse the displays, which included how to spot a stroke, epilepsy awareness, and a CPR demonstration. Linn County Safe Kids Coalition were also on hand to fit bike helmets for kids.
EMS personnel, along with the fire fighters, risk their lives every day to assist with a variety of emergencies that include medical and fire calls.
That's What Friends are For
It's good to have friends, and the Hiawatha Library is no exception.
The Friends of the Hiawatha Public Library is a volunteer organization that helps raise funds for the library. Members help with fundraising efforts to help pay for programs and prizes that aren't covered in the annual budget, which includes the summer reading program.
The summer reading program not only offers prizes for books an individual reads, but the library sponsors several events during the week over the course of the summer. Having these programs available helps kids stay busy and active during the school break and helps them retain what they learned in school.
There are several ways you can help the Friends with their fundraisingYou can help the Friends raise funds by attending a book sale (held every month at the library), buy tickets to the Play Station, or purchase a Hy-Vee coupon book. The tickets for the Play Station are $5 and the Hy-Vee coupon books are $10 each.
For more information, visit the library’s website at hiawathapubliclibrary.org.
Library Construction Won't Hamper Programs
Construction is beginning at the Hiawatha Library, and the staff is asking patrons to be patient during the remodeling.
Although scheduled programs will not be affected, there will inevitibly be changes inside the library as different parts of the library are being worked on.
(Click here for upcoming library programs.)
Sewer Project will Identify Potential
Sources of Groundwater
A sewer inspection and cleaning project to evaluate a portion of the sanitary sewer system began May 13 and continue to July 1.
According to the city representatives, this project is part of an ongoing effort to maintain the aging sewer infrastructure within the City and to identify potential sources of groundwater entering the system. The City has retained the services of Visu-Sewer, Inc. to complete the fieldwork on this project.
Visu-Sewer will be doing should only take a few hours per block. While they are working, you may hear gurgling sounds from your toilets or floor drains, this is normal. However, you might want to take time to close all toilet lids and cover floor drains are closed to minimize risk of leakage.
The project will take place on 6th Avenue west to about 12th Ave, as well as all streets in between.
For questions, contact the Hiawatha Public Works Department at 319-393-6601.