The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Local News

April 19, 2013

Water woes: Rainfall causes damage at Clinton's library

CLINTON — The basement of the Clinton Public Library has sustained significant water damage due to the 3.49 inches of rain the Clinton area received Wednesday and Thursday.

When Library Director Amy Birtell arrived at the library's main branch Thursday morning she discovered her office and other areas of the basement flooded along with an elevator shaft filled with 4 feet of water. Birtell also found the water that covered the basement floor was swirled with red hydraulic fluid from the elevator.

'It looked almost like a modern art piece the way it was swirled around everywhere," Birtell said. "It almost looked like blood."

City of Clinton and fire department employees removed some of the water and placed absorbent peat moss on it in an effort to fix some of the problems, but Birtell fears how much damage was caused by the flooding. The carpet in her office will need to be removed, she said. Inspectors will need to determine what drywall needs to be removed and how to replace many cracked and bulging asbestos tiles, damages attributed to the rain.

"This is going to be a big expense for us to clean this up," Birtell said.

As of Thursday afternoon, Birtell was waiting for a crew to inspect the elevator. The inspection costs $4,000, let alone the cost to fix it.

Birtell hopes to have the main and upstairs levels of the library, which did not sustain any water damage, open depending on how they are affected by the clean-up efforts in the basement. The Root Cellar will remain closed for at least a couple of days, she said.

The rain Wednesday and Thursday contributed to the much-wetter-than-usual April the Clinton area is experiencing. Clinton-area weather observer Jim Blaess reported the area received 2.16 inches of rain on Wednesday; by Thursday afternoon another 1.33 inches had fallen.

Text Only
Local News
  • 4-15-14 jail photo County hears jail proposal

    CLINTON -- A needs assessment study on the Clinton County Jail and communications department is bringing forth more questions on how the city and county will proceed. Former Clinton County Justice Coordinating Commission Coordinator Brian McKenrick a

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sex abuse trial under way in Clinton CLINTON -- Prosecutors will present their case today in the trial of a Clinton man accused of sexual abusing a 3-year-old girl. The trial against Russell S. McColley, 39, began late Monday afternoon. He is charged with second-degree sexual abuse, a c

    April 15, 2014

  • 4-15-14 Clinton School Board Meeting School board finalizes new budget, cuts positions CLINTON -- Cutting 11 district staff positions to make up for a $636,000 shortfall wasn't an easy task for the Clinton School Board, but was a necessary step in balancing the 2014-2015 budget. That budget received unanimous approval Monday as Clinton

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Share My Name cover photo Northeast grad pens book on Egyptians' suffering GOOSE LAKE -- A new book co-written by a native of Clinton County reveals firsthand the suffering of Christians in Egypt at the hands of the radical Muslim Brotherhood. Writing as Rik Doirse to protect those who shared their stories with him, the aut

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Fulton park photo Fulton council to pursue new park on donated land

    FULTON, Ill. -- An unexpected turn of events has offered Fulton leaders something they had been hoping to see in the river city-- a community park in the Third Ward. During a Fulton City Council meeting last week, City Administrator Ed Cannon announc

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • County attorney says officer justified in shooting

    The Jackson County Attorney's Office has found a Maquoketa police officer was justified in using deadly force after a motorists fired repeatedly at him.

    The Iowa Department of Public Safety on Monday released details of the April 1 shooting, including dash-cam video played at a news conference.

    April 14, 2014

  • IMG_1031.jpg Legislators: Session lacks productivity

    CLINTON -- Iowa legislators are frustrated with the way this year's session has unfolded, but not everything has come with disappointing results. During a legislative coffee gathering Saturday, Sen. Rita Hart, Rep. Steve Olson and Rep. Mary Wolfe exp

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • Central eyes name change DEWITT -- It has been more than 50 years, and the Central Community School District of Clinton County is still talking about it -- Its name. Superintendent Dan Peterson for the second time brought the issue to the Central Board at its meeting Wednesd

    April 12, 2014

  • Board mulls over glass recycling CLINTON -- Plans are continuing at the Clinton County Area Solid Waste Agency to investigate a contract for glass recycling. Director of Operations and Education Brad Seward on Thursday told the CCASWA board that he is still working with Ripple Glass

    April 12, 2014

  • Senior housing plan picks up steam

    CAMANCHE -- The likelihood of a senior housing development in the city of Camanche is gaining momentum as residents came out in full support of the first installment of focus group meetings hosted by Park Vista Senior Housing Management. Two of the f

    April 12, 2014

Facebook
Clinton
Camanche
Fulton
Clinton Herald photos


Browse, buy and submit pictures with our photo site.