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December 20, 2012

Weather radios are out in southeast Iowa

OTTUMWA — You know a storm is bad when it knocks out the National Weather Service's communications.

The Des Moines office of the NWS has lost all phone communications and has had weather radio broadcasts knocked out for much of the state. That includes the Ottumwa and Lake Rathbun signals.

Officials have not given a time when they believe service will resume and are encouraging people to use alternate means of monitoring weather alerts.

The blizzard hitting Iowa saw its track shift north from what forecasters had expected less than 24 hours before, with snowfall totals near Des Moines among the highest in the state.

A blizzard warning is in effect until 6 p.m. Travel is not advised throughout most of Iowa, including southeast Iowa.

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The Iowegian wants readers to think about the solicitation ordinance that will prevent groups or individuals from entering a roadway to solicit money. The Centerville City Council in June by a 5-0 vote passed the first reading of just such an ordinance. Public pressure and during a subsequent special meeting, the council voted 3-2 to table the ordinance. A second special meeting to discuss the solicitation ordinance is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7 at City Hall. So, the question of the week is, "Do you or do you not support the ordinance to prevent solicitation of funds in city streets?"

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