Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois on April 25, 1973 · Page 3
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Galesburg, Illinois
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Wednesday, April 25, 1973
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,>,' • fi • ' 'TIS i Oquawka Gotetbufg Reoistef^Mdil, Golesburq, ill. Wednesday. April 25, 1973 t By WILLIAM CAMPBGLL OQUAWKA - It resembteKl ft boom t(l¥tt 0( 8MUl6f 6fii h«re tSiesday as seam (A wdfken aeranfibled ikmg the levee that so far has held back a swdllen Mississippi River, determined to get into the town. But the residents of this normally peaceful villag« are equally determined that it won't. ''THeRG'S a boil coming down here!" someone shouted from north of Schuyler Strdet, and the alarm rippled atong the dike. Volunteers' scurried toward the trouble spot where water was begbining to bubble through the sand of the levee. A tractor, its ffMt<eftd loader piled high with sand^ bags, rounded a comar and headed for the spot Whim a group of youthful Wotkers had gathered. Hiree wefl waaririg hip boots slid ov«r the river' side of the dam, pulling a sheet of plastie with them. Most of the voluMteers we^ young. Area hi^ schools dis« missed classes so students could help shore up the lev' ee. Unlike Keithsburg, nine miles^ north, where the fight ended Tuesday morning when the levee there broke and the river poured into the village, OqUawka was holdUig its own. But on the other side of those sand fortifksations, the water was still rising. MORE fllAN m vohmt«ers fought to matattain the levee Tuesday. A state highway de^ partment truck backed in bC' hind the dike and dumped eight tons of sand on the street. A swarm of workers descended on the pile of sand and began shoveling it into san(U>ags which they tossed up to other workers on t(^ of the levee. A small bulldozer was working south of the group, pushing sand along the t<^ of another section of the levee. A foot path along the top of the dike contributed to its Fighters Battle Mississippi fortress-like appearance. "WeVe used 25,00 sand' bags so far," a work foreman related. His face was burned red from the sun and he was several days without sleep. "Going after another 5,000 this afternoon," he added. "Sei: THE top of that post out there?," a man pointed out into the river. "When it gets another six hidies, almost to the top, it'll be high as '55." Everywhere people were comparing this flood to the one they experienced in 1965, almost eight years ago to the day. The water at Oquawka crested then at 2Weet 4-inches, nearly 10 feet above flood stage. 1\iesday afternoon it stood at 2Meet i-ittchea. "And it's not mppoaeA to crest uiMl Friday they're saying now," the foreman added. Evefyone wortang along the levee exuded confidence. "Of course we'll beat it. We beat it in '65 and we'll beat it this year." SOME OF the residents along the low lying streets behind, the dUce were less certain. Trucks and Wagons were backed up to several houses, and furniture and personal possessions were behig loaded up to be hauled away to higher ground. "People criticize hell out of teen*agers but without their workbig on this thing we'd have lost it," a middle^ed man remariced as he watched a cluster of teens toil over a pile of sand, filling sandbags and tossing them up on the dike. There were numerous references to a court injunction issued last year in response to a iM^rty owner's lawsuit that forced the village to remove a block-long section of the dike. More than 50 tons of sand were hauled in to replace that section which runs along Front Street north of Schuyler. BY COMPARISON to «ie Hurry of activity in Oquawka Tuesday afternoon, Keiths­ burg seemed {rflKid. Residents (here had gone home <»> to the homes of relatives if (heir own was flooded. A feiw persons stood in the middle of Main Street and stared at the water Mvhich bad crept in more than five blocks on Main Street,' and even farther on Jadcson Skeet to 4he north. AM they could do now was wait for the water "One thing (hat hurts us here is that csfedc over there," Keilhstourg Mayor Ebner Ferguson noted, pointing north. Ferguson recalled (hat the vilkge had asked (he federal government (o declare the north and west part of the toiwn a flood plain, making (hem eligible for fedeml money to move part of the village south to higher ground. "But they said our assessed evAluaiion wasn't high enough/^ he added. ANOTHER reside com' plained that the stream, whkih curves in through the north' west comer of the villige, should be straightened. "If they cut a ohaimel straight out to (he river, we cwild build a perman«it levee along (here. But it's a game preserve, government owned, and (hey thitdc it'd upset (he ducks. They ttiink ducks and fisli are more important than peopie, 1 guess." 'ill!:, ill, !l I"" I'lili'lli !!ill|liilli 'l ,|«!|Ml|li|ll!»l »-.i !lt ,;s :iMill |i,.. '• i,1i!!!lii:|ll|{l *i 'l |i !!'"'i'^^ • •, 1 '' Pleasure Bonis Float Free at DeVore Marina, Oquawka Broken Levee, in Center of Photo, Let River Into Keithsburg Riv0rLaps at Oquawka, Above Left; Towboat and Barges Wait at Lock 18 Near Gladstone Swollen River Surges South; Thousands Homeless By United Press International The mighty Mississippi and its tributaries surged southward at record flood levels today, leaving thousands homeless along 1,400 miles of submerged valleys from Iowa to Louisiana. The Mississippi was expected to reach 43.5 feet - im feet over flood stage—at St. Louis Thursday, the highest stage ever recorded in the Gateway city since French fur traders began measuring the river there in 1764. The Rock Island District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers today announced ttie latest in­ formation on Mississippi River flood levels and crest predictions for Illinois and Iowa river towns, tiere are current figures: ' Keithsburg, 19.3 feet, 7.3 feet over the 12-foot flood stage, and crest prediction Of 20 feet by Thursday; Burlington, Iowa, 21.3 feet, 6.3 feet over the 15- foot flood stage, and crest prediction of 23 feet by Friday, and Rock Island, 18.5 feet, 3.5 feet over the 15-foot flood stage, and crest prediction of 19:5 feet by Frid^y. No flgures were available this morning for Oquawka and Gulfport. At least five deaths have U A I I 'ELECTRIC riMUL 9 SERVICE 220 VOLT - 100 AMP SfRVICES — INSTALLED BASEMENTS REWIRED — CIRCUITS ADDED Up-Dat« Your Old Wiring. G«t A Hold of tho fxport* Coll Holl FREE ESTIMATES No Job Too Small 342-2786 been blamed on tiie floods since the Mississippi went on its latest rampage over the Easter weekend. An estimated 5,800 persons have been driven from their homes. Tile Mississippi set new flood records all along the way. Crests were due to hit from Dubuque, Iowa, to Cape Girardeau, Mo., and Cairo, Hi., by Sunday. The river at Cairo was up to 51.2 feet, more than 11 feet over flood stage, and was expected to iut 54.5 feet when the weekend is over. Mobiles Move About 2,000 mobile home dwellers in Missouri's St. Charles County began driving See 'Swollen'- (Contlnued on Page 11) Law Panel Hears Report on Grants (Continued from Page 2) reported that ILEX7 personnel will checlc on the feasibiUty of a MoDonough County proposal for a data processing system for all state's attorneys in the 6-county regiwi. He said that a Western Illinois University intern is assisting his office in designing a system that would keep an uip-t<Mlate report on the disposition of all cases which become part of the criminal justice system. Sintzenioh said information aibout each case to be placed on a data card, with such facts as when the case was filed, each step in the proceedings and final disposition. HE SAID that while iniUal plans call for all state's attor­ neys in the region to be part of the system, it might ultimately be adapted for the entire state. Galesburg Police chief James H. Fralces said "Police can justify the need for a data processing system 1,000 times over that of the courts." He said it was his impression that the ILEC was conducting a study of the data processing system for police in the entire region. "After a meeting at Tinder's office (MiMimouth Police Chief Harold Tinder), Fred Currier of the ILEC staff said he would check into the possibility," Frost said. Frakes contended that the Bi-State Crime Commision, wiiich indudes Rock Island County, has received a $300,000 conununications grant, and questioned why one region could get such a grant when another regi<m is told a freeze has been placed on oMnmunications grants. "THEY TELL us we can't have funds, and yet they dedicate funds to a muitijurisdic- tional narcotics unit before a grant is even turned in," Frakes contended.' Sintzenich said a terminal for state's attorneys would be made availaMe to police if a grant is awarded. "It all hinges on terminology. Who are we try to kid?" asked Knox County Sheriff Rayder Peterson. Frank Koller, ILEC liaison to the conamission, noted that fiscal 1974 starts July 1, and said the state commission is woriung to improve the planning process. HE TOLD conmiission members there are two alternatives on the tiorizon — the present system of the ILEC receiving federal money from the Law EMorcement Assistance Administration and distributing it to regional agencies, or special revenue ^ring funds being distributed directly to ioc^ governments. He suggested that the commission take a stand and make it known to area l^is- lators. Abingdon Mayor Sam Mangieri, commission vice chairman, read a letter wiiich showed that the WICC has been certified as complying with all ILEC guidelines. Won't ride up, pucker up, shrink up new Permaknif Brief by ^ It's knit to fit and stay that way, even after repeated machine washings. Won't lose Its shape.^ All cotton, with 10% nylon reinforced cuff. The most comfortable brief you ever slipped into. Sizes 4-7. $.89. Sizes 8-10. $1.00. MAIN at SEMINARY

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