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Searing temperatures set new records

Glance Back
Jul 06, 2018

Glance Back (From The Washington Evening Journal, Thursday, July 3, 2008)



Washington and Louisa are two of 77 counties approved for public assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Louisa County is also on a list of 54 counties that have qualified for individual assistance due to the extent of flood damage the county has endured.

Washington County Engineer David Patterson said the county has suffered $200,000 in flood-related damages since June 12.

The Washington County Hospital and Clinics (WCHC) had to resort to old technology two weeks ago because of flooding in downtown Cedar Rapids.

After the first running of Culture Fest in the square last weekend, organizer Craig Swift said the event will definitely be back next year.



Most people call it straight-line winds but others beg to differ – insisting that a tornado or tornadoes hit parts of Washington County Monday afternoon.

For Washington city and nearby residents, the vicious storm which struck shortly after 3 p.m. bought back grim memories of the May 15 tornado which struck the city and nearby rural area.

As of this morning, those damages were still being added up. But initial estimates have this week’s storm causing at least $10 million in damages just to farm buildings and other rural structures in the county, according to Al Schmidt, a U.S. Department of Agriculture official in Washington who has been assessing the damages.

The early damage figures show that Monday’s storm destroyed 15 houses in Washington County, did major damage to 50 other homes, did major damage to 10 businesses and minor damage to 50 businesses, according to Owen White, Washington County Emergency coordinator.

OSKALOOSA – Cary Justmann was feeling much better this morning.

That’s because not only did his Washington High School softball team break a four-game losing streak but the squad played well in both games of a doubleheader at Oskaloosa.



Sunday’s searing temperatures rewrote the record books for June 25 in Washington. The official thermometer reading for Saturday was 103 degrees, according to Bob Logan, weather observer for Washington. That topped the old mark of 100 degrees set on the same date in 1937.

Kathy Cuddeback, of rural Washington, received a Governor’s Volunteer Award this spring for her work rehabilitating wildlife. Cuddeback has been licensed by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources through the Washington County Conservation Board as a wildlife rehabilitator since the spring of 1987.

Since then, she has cared for over 30 orphaned or injured animals.

Martha Swearingen, 45, of Richland, will slip into the driver’s seat of the Washington County Mini Bus program July 1. Swearingen, a former sales department employee at McCleery-Cumming Co., will replace Margaret Tuttle, who has been coordinator of the Mini Bus program since its inception 15 years ago.



The rain and thunderstorm came about 4 a.m., following a very humid day Sunday. Skies were clearing by midmorning and giving way to another very warm day for this area.



The Washington High School graduating Class of 1948 held their 20-year class reunion on June 22.

The festivities started with a get-together for classmates and their families at Sunset Park with 71 in attendance.

Involvement seemed to be the key word as a group of about 50 interested persons gathered at the Chamber of Commerce office here Wednesday evening to participate in a dialogue about the local problem of vandalism and other law violations by young offenders in the city.


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