MNR will be conducting controlled burns with the assistance of the Bureau of Indian Affairs Sunday March 31st through Tuesday April 2nd. Please see the attached map to see if we are planning a controlled burn near you. If so, please make sure that your windows are closed and that personal belongings are picked up from the tall grass on these days. The selected areas are different from our original plan due to recent flooding. We may try to burn additional areas at a later date if the weather cooperates.
Thanks for all of your help. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the MNR office at (641) 484-3511.
“ Reminder to the community that the flooding conditions could change very rapidly with little warning. It is very difficult to predict flood levels with Ice Jams and Ice movement. Stay off roads as much as possible never drive into standing water or rapidly moving water, it only takes 6 inches of moving water to lift a vehicle and sweep it away. Listen to NOAA weather radios or your local news channels. Check on elderly and neighbors. Be prepared to evacuate or be advised to stay put if you are on higher ground.”
Rain and snow melt has caused rapid flash flooding across the Settlement and the State. The Iowa River has risen 6.5 ft since 10pm Monday night. Accommodations are available for residents/families in need of relocation/evacuation. If you are in need of a room, contact deputy executive director, Olivia Walker at 641-481-5031. If you are in need of immediate assistance please dial 911. Please be conscious and watch out for flash flooding and flooding from the Iowa River. Do not attempt to drive through standing water across roadways. The possibility of releasing ice jams can cause water levels to rise fast. To monitor the Iowa River water level and view the 7 day prediction at the powwow grounds, please visit https://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=dmx&gage=tmai4. Predictions as of 9 pm on Tuesday show cresting height of approximately 13 ft, which is similar to the previous flood in October 2018.
Meskwaki Settlement under a Flood Watch today (03/13/19) and tomorrow (03/14/19) until 7:00 PM.
Public Service Announcement from Meskwaki Tribal Response/Emergency Management, (641) 484-3511.
Time to be prepared for spring flooding.
Do you have an emergency go-kit?
Do you have a family communications plan? Emergencies can happen at any time. Do you know how to get in touch with your family if you are not together?
Here’s an idea pick the same person for each family member to contact. It might be easier to reach someone who is out of town, maybe a cousin, an aunt or family friend. They will be the relay person for all messages, be sure to let that person know you have identified them as your family main contact.
Do you know where you will go if you need to evacuate your home?
If flooding is a risk in your location, be aware of potential signs, such as heavy rain and rapid snowmelt.
Learn and practice evacuation routes, shelter plans, and flash flood response.
Gather supplies in case you have to leave immediately, or if services are cut off. Keep in mind each person’s specific needs, including medication. Remember your household pets, where will you take them for shelter, bring food and other pet items.
Obtain extra batteries and charging devices for phones and other critical equipment.
Protect your property. Move valuables to higher levels. Make sure house gutters are cleaned out to allow water to run away from the home and foundation.
If told to evacuate do so immediately. Never drive around barricades, local responders use them to safely direct traffic out of flooded areas. Stay off bridges over fast-moving water, sometimes bridges are washed away!
Please join Meskwaki Natural Resources and the Iowa State Veterinary Public Health Club on Saturday, April 6th from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm at the Public Works Building for a FREE rabies and mange clinic. No appointment necessary.
Bring your dog(s) and cat(s) so they may receive a free veterinary physical exam and get vaccinated against rabies, which is a fatal disease for animals and humans.
Learn about rabies and mange and how to prevent it. Also learn about other diseases shared between animals and humans.
Join Meskwaki Food Sovereignty for our upcoming Spring Equinox Community Meal taking place Tuesday, March 19 at 5:00 pm at the Tribal Center. We will be celebrating maple sugar, garden planning, and all things spring! Meal will be served between 5:30 and 6:00 pm with other activities taking place throughout the evening. More details to be announced soon!
This event is free and open to everyone, regardless of tribal enrollment status or residency. All are welcome! We look forward to celebrating Spring with you.
Questions – please call 484-9507, or feel free to message us here.
Interested parties can contact the Midwest Region Bureau of Indian Affairs or Meskwaki Natural Resources for additional information.
For questions, requests, comments, or to obtain copies of the FONSI and related NEPA documents regarding the proposed project contact Kristen Lease, Forester-BIA Midwest Regional Office, at 612-725-4522 or contact Meskwaki Natural Resources.