Category: BUFFALO

Buffalo, Iowa Business Forging Ahead After Flood Waters Recede

BUFFALO, Iowa — Water has gone down quite a bit since Saturday in the southeast Iowa town of Buffalo.

Last week a record flood crest passed nearby upstream at the Quad Cities, and in Buffalo the water was higher than anyone had seen.

On Monday, Judy Banblaracom was working to reopen her business, Judy’s Barge Inn. She has owned the business for three years and had not experienced this type of flood. The waters almost went high enough to get inside her building.

“No damage inside, none at all. We lost food because we didn’t use it because everything here is homemade,” said Banblaracom. “So, we just have to start all over. We have people coming back tomorrow to prep the food and get it ready.”

The hope is that she can reopen on Thursday.

“I believe we have 19 employees out of a job right now, so we need to get rolling,” said Banblaracom, “I cried this morning, for the first time, just because it’s overwhelming.”

The owner of Judy’s remains committed to serving the public in Buffalo.

“You just get back on it, I’ll never leave. I love this town, and I love where I’m at, and people are awesome here,” said Banblaracom. “We just pull out bootstraps up and keep going.”

Judy’s Barge Inn had big plans for more business in 2019.

“We were actually hoping for a great year this year, and then the flood happened,” said Banblaracom.

Buffalo Residents Say Trains are Hurting Sandbagging Efforts

BUFFALO, Iowa — Buffalo residents intensified their sandbagging efforts after some failed on Thursday.

Buffalo does not have HESCO barriers, so residents are relying on the sandbags to save their homes and businesses. But that’s not their only concern. Residents say trains blow through the downtown area every day and are making their efforts go to waste.

“It`s been a nightmare, actually. [The trains] create a wake which comes against our bags. The vibration from the trains creates your sandbags to settle which makes your wall grow shorter and you end up losing it. I think that`s what has happened before with our bags,” said Olin Meador, former Buffalo councilman.

Canadian Pacific Railway says they are working on a resolution to the situation right now but could not say whether or not trains will stop going through town.

Mississippi Quad Cities Flood Record 22.64 inches Causing Issues Downstream

DAVENPORT, Iowa- The National Weather Service has announced a new all-time preliminary record crest of 22.64 feet at 11:50 AM on Thursday.  This broke the record of 22.63 feet from 1993.  The river is still rising. The record must go through a National Weather Service confirmation process before it is official.

Residents of the small southeast Iowa town of Buffalo, are used to the Mississippi River getting out of it’s banks. They have not seen it go this far before.

This week sandbag walls have been giving way, causing water to creep further into town than ever before.

“Personal residential floodwalls have broke throughout the week with the rising water and the pressure it’s collapsing some of the walls at some of the restaurants at some of the individual residents here in Buffalo,” said Josh Bujalski, of the Buffalo Police Department.

Overnight a sandbag wall gave in at Clark’s Landing Restaurant. No word on how much damage the rushing water did. The restaurant was still using a sump pup to get water out Thursday morning.

“We got a lot of people my family all the neighbors are working together all the way up and down the alley,” said Doug Klaman, a Buffalo resident. “It’s just a nice centrally located spot we can put our boat in here and get it rolling down the alley just do it we can.”

The neighbors had a sandbag station going, and were loading the sandbags onto a boat to ferry them to where they were needed.

Back up river in Davenport the Mississippi River was rising to set new records, but the Figge Art Museum was open for business as usual, even though much of the south side of the structure was surrounded by water. Flood water was pouring into the first floor parking garage, and the lights light the area, even though there was no parking allowed.

“The building was actually built to withstand a flood and so so far so good,” said Tim Schiffer, Executive Director of the Museum. “We’re weathering it, open for business and all our artwork is safe.”

The garage is designed to drain the water, once the flood recedes.

Mississippi River Breaks Quad Cities Flood Record, Threatens Homes Downstream

DAVENPORT, Iowa- The National Weather Service has announced a new all-time preliminary record crest of 22.64 feet at 11:50 AM on Thursday.  This broke the record of 22.63 feet from 1993.  The river is still rising. The record must go through a National Weather Service confirmation process before it is official.

Residents of the small southeast Iowa town of Buffalo, are used to the Mississippi River getting out of it’s banks. They have not seen it go this far before.

This week sandbag walls have been giving way, causing water to creep further into town than ever before.

“Personal residential floodwalls have broke throughout the week with the rising water and the pressure it’s collapsing some of the walls at some of the restaurants at some of the individual residents here in Buffalo,” said Josh Bujalski, of the Buffalo Police Department.

Overnight a sandbag wall gave in at Clark’s Landing Restaurant. No word on how much damage the rushing water did. The restaurant was still using a sump pup to get water out Thursday morning.

“We got a lot of people my family all the neighbors are working together all the way up and down the alley,” said Doug Klaman, a Buffalo resident. “It’s just a nice centrally located spot we can put our boat in here and get it rolling down the alley just do it we can.”

The neighbors had a sandbag station going, and were loading the sandbags onto a boat to ferry them to where they were needed.

Back up river in Davenport the Mississippi River was rising to set new records, but the Figge Art Museum was open for business as usual, even though much of the south side of the structure was surrounded by water. Flood water was pouring into the first floor parking garage, and the lights light the area, even though there was no parking allowed.

“The building was actually built to withstand a flood and so so far so good,” said Tim Schiffer, Executive Director of the Museum. “We’re weathering it, open for business and all our artwork is safe.”

The garage is designed to drain the water, once the flood recedes.