“ 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.
MNR is hosting a meeting to discuss how to become a certified wildland firefighter. In this meeting, we will discuss the basic qualifications to obtain your “red card” and the opportunities you would have upon complete certification. Basic qualifications include online training, a field day, a physical and conditioning test. Upon receiving your red card, you will be able to assist MNR with controlled burns and help fight wildfires across the country if desired.
Call Brandon at 641-484-3511 fi you have questions prior to the meeting or if you are unable to attend the meeting.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, this distribution has been moved to Monday, November 26th from 9:00-10:00 am and 5:00-6:00 pm at the Tribal Center Front Entrance MNR will have 5 lbs of buffalo meat. They’ll have stew, ground and roasts.
**Receive on extra pound of ground meat if you bring a reusable bag!
Specialty parts will be available at South Farm: Kidney, liver, heart and tongue. You can sign up for hides, skulls and rib bones too!
Tuesday, October 16th the MNR staff will be hosting a tree identification walk along the trail from the Tribal Center to the School. Staff will discuss important characteristics in order to identify key species on the Settlement.
Meet at the Tribal Center back parking lot (north of the Human Resources building) at 5:30 pm and please bring weather appropriate clothing, walking shoes and water.