George Vest

Thunderstorms, flashes of lightning and downpour rains have certainly curtailed progress on the numerous street construction projects currently underway in Iowa Falls. The reconstruction and re-paving of U.S. Highway 65 north-south through the city has inspired numerous side street projects which have also been affected by the rains. Not to fear, however, as Iowa’s world famous weather prognosticators have us scheduled for a dry-up in mid-July. Let us hope dryer weather does not turn into a desert drought.

Overlaying pavement or re-milling asphalt pavement is a fairly straightforward process. Tearing up and replacing old curbs and gutters also falls into the category of not-too-hard-to-do. Excavating and re-installing storm and sanitary sewer lines, however, is a bit more complicated. It takes a continuous gravity flow or a pumping station to get wastewater from source to processing plant. For the open water lake and river pollution problem in Iowa, flood or no flood, it is all simply downhill to the Gulf of Mexico.

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