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Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois · Page 2

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2 QdlesbufQ Register-Mdil, Galesburg, III. Mondoy, ^pril 23, 1973 River Town Residents Keep Wary ^^^3 On Rising Mississippi; Record Crest? Weather and River Stages By LARRY REID (Staff Writer) Residents of Illinois and Iowa river totwjs kept a wary eye today on (he Mississippi River's rampaging waters wiiichi threatened to top the record flood of 1%5. Flood levels have risen a foot in the past 24 hours at Oquawka, Keithsburg, Burlington, Iowa, and Rock Island, according to the Rock Island District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Predictions call for higher levels by Tuesday, including a 2'/^foot rise at Burlington. CORPS officials blamed weekend rains for the sharp rise in waters. A spokesman for the National Weather Service office at Moline said today that no more rain is expected until Wednesday. In the Oquawka area where the river stands at 22.5 feet — 7% feet over the 15-foot flood stage — crews are rebuilding levies. "We're keeping ahead of it (this Mississippi) right now, A flood abatement project in Monmonth was to have started this week — a week too late. Story on pije. t>. but we could use some more workers," said Henderson County Sheriff Daryl Thompson. A call has been put out for about 50 more persons including .students, he said. Waters have completely surrounded the Galesburg water works control house near Oquawka. Use of fluoride in the water has been temporarily discontinued because the water has risen to the level of the fluoride proportion pumps, a waterworks official said this morning. He pointed out that workers there have had to switch to small 150 - pound chlorine pumps because water has reached the large chlorine tanks. The spokesman said that this in no way effects the quantity of the chlorine. If conditions get worse, it may be necessary to set up a temporary station on higher ground, he said. WORKfiRS AT the stUtion are a little reluctant to answer the telephone. It seems that it takes too long to get to the phone — by boat, that is. Four or five farms in the Oquawka area and about 2,000 acres of farmland are flooded, Cames said. Thompson said that most of the water which seeped into Oquawka earlier has been pumped out. No businesses or residents have been evacuated. Floodwater have blocked 111. 84 at Carbon aiff, east of Mo^ne, and U.S. 67 north of Princeton, Iowa, was closed by floodwaters of the Wapsie River. U.S. 61 between Wapello, Iowa and Grand View, loWa, also were closed by waters from the Iowa River. AT KEITHSBURG the river stands at 17.5 feet - S'^ feet over the 12-foot flood stage. The situation there is hot good, said Mayor Elmer Ferguson. The state highway department has been hauling in sand to build up the levy. "We are now trying to get caterpillars to push up the sand," he said. Ferguson noted that only about 10 persons were work-^ ing on the levies this morning. "We've called the National Guard for assistance, but haven't had any success," he said. Some businesses and residences have already been evacuated, he said, in anticipation of a break in the levy. ONE OF THE levies being rebuilt is located near the riverfront home of Mr. and Mrs. Clark Campbell. Mrs. Campbell filed suit for removal of the levy, which lies adjacent to their property. She maintained that the levy cut off access to their home. Later an injunction enjoined the village from continuing maintenance on the levy and it was torn down, Henderson County Courthouse officials said. The river is expected to be near 23 feet by early tomorrow, or about a foot under the record 24.2 feet set in 1965, a spokesman for the corps of engineers said. HIGH WATERS forced many pleasure boats, stored for the winter months, off their blockings at DeVore Marina, Oquawka. Tom Games, Henderson County conservation officer, said most of the 150 boats stored there were afloat and workers were trying to tie them down. A double crest is expected this week at Keithsburg. According to Corps of Engineers officials, the first one will come late today from waters of the Iowa River and the next one — from the Mississippi itself — is expected to arrive Thursday. Coi^^ officials said they \ have been urging the removal of sealed com in the Henderson Drainage District as a precaution against rising flood waters. A SPOKESMAN for the' corps noted that there have already been three levy Iweaks, one along the Iowa River near Wapello and the ILLINOIS! Fair north and een- trai toAiiht, mostly cloudy with chane* ol ahowert and tnurtdW- atoms aouth. Tuesday pattly cloudy with chanee of showars and thun- defstottna extreme south. Low tonight 40s north and central, low and rfiid 8M sOuth. ttl|h Tuesday 00s north, low or mid 70S soUth. WESTERN ILLIKOIS: Clear to partly cloudy tonlfht. Partly cloudy and mild Ivetday .wltit chance of showers. Low tonifht around M. High Tuesday 70s. tow A: Increasing cloudiness tonight, occasional cloudiness Tues^ day with chance at a few showers mostly south. Low tonight S8-40 northeast, 40s west and south. High Tuesday «0s. LOCAL WiATIttN Noon temperature, OB: morning's low, 49. Sky partly cloudy. (Sun- «:4«. extifififeo romcAiT ILUNOIS: Cloudft. ^WftStesday, chance of showers.. Fair .Thursday and Friday. Low 4W. high mid 508-008. otiier two m Missouri. More (tian 10,000 acres hgnre been flooded in these MTMS, he scild. Flood levels are not expect- ea to reaon reconi protwraonB at Rock tskmd wtier« the river (his momiiig stood at 17.4 feet-shout 2^ feet above flood stage. Corps officials predkJted a rise to 19 feet by ^ * • . « tomojiw still wdrbeiojr the trmhes luto 1 Wld record 22.5 feet set in 1965. AT BURLINGTON, the level is expected to hit 23 feet by tomorrow, eight feet over flood stage. The river there stands at 20.4 feet. The anticipated increase is due largely to waters from the Skunk River, corps officials said. The record at Burlington Is 21 feet set on April 30 and May 1, 1985. The level at Quincy was 27.3 this morning, 10 feet over the 17-foot flood stage. This brok- the record of 24.8 feet set in 1965. The forecast calls for another 2-foot rise by tomorrow. The flood level record at Hannibal, Mo., has also been broken. DuhU4ue-17.6 riSi 0.8 ^ DBvenport ^irs riik o.» BurUnM%^S0.4 rise 1.4 KeokUl-^.S tiHjA Quincy—ri** *A Grafton— M.« rise l.t Alton-30.8^rl«« IJH ^ . St. L0U1S -4S .S rise i.4 ,^ Cape Girardeau^.S rise t.l LaSaiie -M.t riae 3.9 Peoria— ai .4 rise Havana—90.0 Hse 0 .S ^. Beard8town^93.0 rise 0 .S St. Charles—93 .S fls* 1.9 Two Persons Die In Plane Flooding Mississippi Forces Thousands to Evacuate QUINCY, 111. (UPI)-Nearly 6,000 persons had been evacuated from or marooned in their homes in Illinois today by the flooding Mississippi River and its tributaries following a weekend of rainstorms. An estimated 3,800 persons were evacuated from the Quincy area along the Mississippi. Another 300 moved from their homes at Rockford more than 150 miles northeast of Quincy, where the Rock River, a tributary of the Mississippi overran its banks during the weekend. Annual Game An additional 300 persons were evacuated downstream from Rockford at Sterling, Rock Falls and Dixon. The Rock Overflows About 1,500 persons in Erie, about 25 miles northeast of the Quad Cities area were marooned when their town was ringed with the overflow from the Rock. A Burlington Northern Railroad bridge was knocked over by the force of the raging waters. Two-thirds of the village of Whiteside, five miles southwest of Erie, was under water after a dike collapsad. Another 50 families were forced to flee from their homes in the Carroll County village of Milledgeville when waters from Elkhorn Creek flooded the area. Civil Defense Workers, National Guardsmen and volunteers worked through the night and early today to complete the evacuation operations along the Mississippi at Quincy. Heavy weekend rains worsened an already dangerous rise in the river, which was measured at 10 feet over its 17-foot flood stage. A Civil Defense spokesman said the evacuation moved smoothly and on schedule. Residents in flood-threatened dwellings piled valuable belongings and some furniture onto their own cars, military trucks or panel trucks provided by helpful citizens. Pounds Three Levees "We should have everybody out along the river by mid- morning," the CD spokesman said. The rampaging Mississippi pounded against three Adams County levees. Gov. Daniel Walker ordered in the National Guard Sunday when the levees became endangered. Department of Transportation trucks were ordered into the Quincy area to help with evacuation. Several industries along the Mississippi were forced to halt operations, but Quincy's main business district was well above the flood waters and was not believed in danger, a Civil Defense spokesman said. About 800 workers sandbagged levees in all four Adams County drainage districts to stem seepage and shore up bulwarks against the battering river waters. Crest Due Tuesday The Army Corps of Engineers predicted that previous flood- stricken lands southward along the river to Cairo will get more flooding as the crest which is expected to hit 29 feet at Quincy Tuesdayr-rolls on. AhEIDO—Tm persons were killed and two others slightly Injured Sunday when their ll^t plane crashed while attempting to land at the Mercer County Airport. Prmiounced dead at the scene was the pilot, David Downey, 47, of Aledo. His brother, Robert, 44, also of Aledo, died on the way to Mercer County Hospital. Two passengers in the plane, Robert Dowriey's son, Jim, 17, and Sam DeSousa, 17, an exchange student from Brazil, were injured. They were treated at Mercer County Hospital and released. Robert Stewart, airport manager, said this moming that the plane was on a "go- around" pattern befort the crash. "The plane approached the landing strip aiid then for no apparent reason the pilot pulled up and circled the airport," Stewart said. "While attempting to land a second time^ the nose of the plane dropped and it crashed Into a field." Despite the force <tf the impact, the craft did not catch fire, Stewart said. Witnesses told Mercer County sheriff's deputies that a gust of wind caught the plane, causing it to crash. Among those who saw the accident were the parents of the two men killed and their wives. The Federal Aviation Administration has started an investigation of the crash. Work Begins On Shopping Plaza Flood 'Roulette' Played on Farm By WILLIAM CAMPBELL (Staff Writer) BALD BLUFF-It's a game these farmers play, these men who live on the hills above the streams that snake through the bottomland. It's a game akin to gambling — a form of roulette. The idea is to slip in to your field, nurture and harvest the grain, then scram — flee with it, back to. the high ground before the quiet litlte stream spills over its banks and washes the crop away, along with fences, soil and your profits. It's an interesting game for those with a strong heart. The streams are ordinarily innocent and well-disciplined as they crawl along between the clay hills, shaded by canopies of trees and passing under quaint bridges that are more durable than the rattle of their boards would indicate. They sport names such as Cedar, Henderson and North Henderson, In the autumn of the year, when the leaves begin to turn, they are the classic example of scenic charm as they drift westward toward the river. BUT DURING the spring and at other times of heavy rainfall, the streams become angry, swell up and become swu-ling lakes. The creek beds disappear when they are unable to accommodate the mass of water which pours over the fields, around bridges and across roads. And the men stand on the hillsides and watch. They were watching this weekend as hundreds of acres of bottom land in Henderson County went under. Up to seven inches of rain was recorded in some areas during a 48- hour period. The creeks overflowed early Saturday morning and the downpour continued, all day. One man had attempted to gain an edge in the game by erecting a dike that was over a mile long. The rising water knocked a hole in the untested, levee, gushed through and covered his fields anyway. There were no crops yet to be washed out of the soil, no young corn or soybean plants to be drowned, but there was plowing to be done. Unusually wet field conditions have hampered farmers all spring. Observers who know about such things say that less than 30^ per cent of the plowing has been completed, compared with about 75 per cent at this time during a normal year. IT WAS like that last fall during the harvest season, too much rain and snow had made the farmers late with their work. "Probably by the middle of the summer, we'll be crying Construction is under way on the first phase of a $1.5- million shopping plaza-apartment complex near North and Broad streets. The complex is being developed on the site formerly occupied by the Hinchliff & Pearson Funeral Home and Kroger Grocery Store. The project calls for constructi-jn of 10 shopping units and 3236 apartments. The shopping area will include a beauty salon, Ray's Hobby Shop and Hawthorne Drug. A supermarket will also occupy another space. A. H. Leibovitz, developer of the project, said all phases should be completed by 1974.. The first phase includes construction of four businesses; it is expected to be completed by July 1. The second phase, which calls for six m^re businesses to be added to the complex, will be done by October. The third phase, the high-rise apartments will be completed by next year. The project, which is being financed locally, will be called the 4-L Plaza. Designers are Weber - Griffith & Mellican Inc., Galesburg. General contractor is I & S Builders, Galesburg. About 16 feet will be added to the west side of the structure which formerly housed the Kroger Grocery Store, Leibovitz said. The east side will be extended to Cherry Street. When additions are nlade to the building and the apartment complex is completed, there will be more than 25,00 square feet of rental space. Iowa's Farmers Hurt by Weather Walking isn't the best way of getting around for risidents of Hannibal, Mo. The man pictured above finds walking difficult as he trudges through deep water along one of Han- Walking Not Easy DES MOINES (UPI) - Iowa Agriculture Secretary Robert early snows that hit Iowa last fall. The crops must be harvest- nibal's main streets. Flooding conditions on the Mississippi River have forced thousands of people to evacuate their homes. UNIFAX See 'Flood'- (Continued on Page 15) Hearing Set The Knox County Zoning Board of Appeals,will conduct a iiearing at the Copley Town Hall Wednesday at 10 a.m. on Midland Coal Co.'s request for a zoning change from farming to heavy industry in Copley Township. Tiie coal company wants the change to allow construction of a tipple. Zoning District Proposed Lounsberry said today it is "en-led before farmers can start on tirely possible" farmers in some I the 1973 crops, sections of the state will be' ^p^lj ^j^^^ unable to plant any crops in , their fields this summer. i -The April snowstorm which Lounsberry, citing a series of ''""'P^^ ^ blanket of factors that have hindered 1973 A planned unit development classification proposed as part of the city's zoning ordinance will be considered at a City Plan Commission meeting Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in City Hail. Addition of the classification to tlie ordinance would mean developers of projects such as the proposed Carl Sandburg Mall would have to present a basic plan of their structures to the city for approval before beginning construction, Mayor Robert Cabeen said. Two preliminary-final plats also to be considered are Maxwell Parkway Division, east of Lincoln Park Drive, and Leo B. Smith Subdivision on the south side of Clay Street. The owners of the Smith sub­ division are requesting permission to divide.a farm tract into about four lots. A preliminary plat of Lakeside Subdivision v/ill be reconsidered. About 12 lots are proposed for Extension I of the site. Completion of sewers and the extension must occur at the same time for this plat to be passed, Herring said. farming operations, said he believes the situation is "serious enough to put some farmers out of business" if they cannot plant a profitable crop. 'Serious Situation' snow on most sections of Iowa. Lounsberry said the snow, combined with recent rains, has left a "rather high" water table in the ground and also caused flooding across the state. —Preparation of an adequate 'We have a serious situation seed bed for the crops. Louns- Club Homeowners Set Strategy Session and the seriousness of it depends on the weather during the next three weeks," he said. "Even then, we would need ideal weather for several weeks after that." Lounsberry said Iowa farmers have been "very fortunate in past years to come up with a berry said most farmers have been unable to do any field work because of the early snows last fall and the wet spring. "In the 59 counties where the (April) storm hit hardest, not a wheel has turned this spring," he said. —The possibility of a'gasoUne Homeowners at Lake Bracken Country Club wiil meet Thursday to discuss ways of raising money to buy the club property from the Burlington Northern Railroad. John Hattery, an attorney representing tlie homeowners, said the session was scheduled following a meeting April 11 in Chicago between railroad officials and members of the club's negotiating committee. "BOTH SIDES are earnestly trying to find a common ground," Hattery said Saturday. "There was no concrete offer made, but both sides were groping to find a solution that would be acceptable to everyone." Hattery said the acquisition committee reported on the meeting to the club's board of directors April 17. The board then asked homeowners to discuss their contribution toward the possible purchase of the property. A meeting of hill representatives — persons elected to represent each area of residents — was held last Wednesday. An informed source said a $1.6 million purchase price was mentioned, although that may not be a firm figure. AT LEAST one homeowner has been told by his hill representative that tentative plans call for each homeowner to pay a price for his lot determined by an appraisal a firm hired by the club made over a year ago. In addition to the appraised price, it has been suggested that homeowners buy stock in the club equal to the appraised value of their land. Shares would cost $100 each, according to reports. Tentative plans call for a corporation to be formed which would lease land to homeowners for a 100-year l^eriod as an alternative to an outright purchase. Such a lease arrangement would keep the area from qualifying as a subdivision and becoming subject to subdivision requirements witlj regard to sewer, water and other such rules. HATTERY SAID that after the homeowners meet this week, a general membership meeting will be called to discuss the negotiations, tentative plans and alternative methods of financing if a purchase agreement can be worked out with the railroad. No purchase price was set at the April 11 meeting, nor was any offer made by the club, Hattery said. "We know that the rairJroad's last asking price was $2.25 million, and the club's offer was $1 million Based on the discussion, we are hopeful that the means of. raising an offer acceptable to the railroad can be developed,"'' he commented. Club representatives were told in December 1970 that the property occupied by the club would be sold by the Burlington Northern Railroad. Representatives of the railroad and the club first met in March 1971, the railroad asked $4.5 million for the property, and the club offered $500,000. TH RAILROAD a month later cut its asking price to $2.25 million, where it has stayed until now. Knox College, in July 1971, offered to buy the property at the railroad's price and offer the club a long-term lease. That offer was rejected at a Dec. 19, 1971, special membership meeting. At that meeting, it was also voted to offer $i.2 million for the property. That offer stood until the last membership meeting in January, when members voted to withdraw the offer and start a letter-writing campaign to legislators, asking them to protect property owners from "monopolies." A bill has been introduced by Rep. Fred Tuerk, R-Peoria which would give club representatives a voice before the Illinois Commerce Commission in any disposal of the property. A $1 MILLION offer was later made to the railroad. The club now is in the eighth year of a 10-year lease with the railroad. It has leased the land for 48 years, since the lake was built by the railroad as a reservoir for water for its steam engines. There are 144 homes built aiound the lake in addition to a clubhouse, golf shop, 18-hole golf course, playground and picnic area. decent crop in adverse weather!and diesel fuel shortage m conditions," but that the present}Iowa. A special fuel advisory situation has been compounded'committee to Gov. Robert D. by a series of unfavorable fac-JRay said Friday the state will tors. i start to feel the impact of the Among the problems: shortage this week and Louns—Several fields across the j berry said the inability to ac- state have not the fall crops been cleared of because of the quire fuel during the planting season could be a "real prob- HEARING AIDS RENT BUY SEE WITTE HEARING AIDCENTER 4S SO. KHIOGO ST. 94l492f GALESBURG, IIUNOIS FREE HEARING TEST AUTHORIZED DEALER RADIOEAR HEARING AIDS i

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