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A skateboarder and some pedestrians head to and from Council Bluffs via the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018. 

Fertilizer spill near Shelby

SHELBY — A tanker carrying liquid fertilizer overturned one mile east of the Shelby exit on Interstate 80 Wednesday afternoon, causing an unknown amount of fertilizer to leak into a tributary of Silver Creek.

Iowa Department of Natural Resources specialists investigated the spill of Ultramate liquid fertilizer, a humic-acid based soil conditioner. They took water samples for laboratory testing and checked for a fish kill. There was no sign of dead fish in the stream Wednesday.

DNR staff will check the stream again Thursday afternoon.

The accident occurred when a Fauth Trucking Company tanker/trailer approached stopped traffic along the interstate. The tanker was carrying about 5,500 gallons of fertilizer.

The DNR will monitor cleanup activities and consider appropriate enforcement.

Flood survivors in Pott., Shelby counties can apply for federal assistance

Residents of Pottawattamie and Shelby counties now can apply for disaster assistance to help them recover from the severe storms and flooding that began March 12.

They join five counties already designated for state and federal help to individuals: Fremont, Harrison, Mills, Monona and Woodbury.

FEMA disaster assistance for homeowners and renters may include grants to help pay for temporary housing and minimal home repairs as well as other serious disaster-related unmet needs such as eligible medical and dental expenses and replacing essential personal property.

Those who live in Pottawattamie or Shelby counties who have already registered with FEMA do not need to re-apply. The registration is now active and being processed.

If you have registered with FEMA and reported damage to your house, you will receive a call from an inspector to arrange for a visit.

— Jon Leu

‘Selfies with Sacajawea’ author at C.B. library

More than 200 years after explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark led their historic 29-month expedition across the untamed American West, Nebraska, videographer Nelson Petersen and a couple of friends decided to trace the steps of these discoverers.

Beginning in St. Louis under the Gateway Arch, Petersen and friends began a 14-day journey, in a compact car with no air-conditioning and questionable brakes, which ended on the shores of the Pacific Ocean. Petersen, an inveterate history geek, recounts their experiences in a humor-laced discussion of his book Selfies with Sacajawea: The Corps of Re-Discovery on the Lewis and Clark Trail.

The presentation as well as readings from the book, will be an entertaining and enlightening look at the remarkable accomplishment and courage of Lewis and Clark’s Corps of Discovery in 1804-1806.

Petersen will share his travels at the Council Bluffs Public Library at 7 p.m. May 2. Books will be for sale following the presentation.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call the library at 712-323-7553 ext. 132.

— Jon Leu

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