The 217 Today Podcast

217 Today: Tuesday April 13, 2021

 
In spring 2019, floodwaters spilled over the top of the Ditch 6 levee and submerged most of Hamburg, Iowa. There wasn't enough time to build the levee higher before the 2019 flood, like the Corps of Engineers did in 2011.

In spring 2019, floodwaters spilled over the top of the Ditch 6 levee and submerged most of Hamburg, Iowa. There wasn't enough time to build the levee higher before the 2019 flood, like the Corps of Engineers did in 2011. Katie Peikes/Harvest Public Media

Tuesday April 13, 2021

Today's headlines:

  • The two political parties in Illinois are pointing fingers over who has the Latino community's best interests at heart during the redistricting process.

  • The state of Illinois received a C- on an infratructure report card released this week by the White House.

  • In a new book, Senator Tammy Duckworth recalls the day she nearly died when her Army helicopter was fired on by insurgents in Iraq.

  • Illinois reported 2,433 new COVID-19 cases on Monday. The state also reported 18 additional deaths from the illness.

In today's deep dive, our Midwest waterways series continues with a look at an effort to build a higher levee for a Missouri River town.

Reporting today contributed by Hannah Meisel, Derek Cantu, Jim Meadows, and Katie Peikes.