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Fairbury Library Closed Friday May 15

The Fairbury Public Library will be closed this Friday, May 15th for staff training and Monday, May 25th for the Memorial Day holiday.

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Friday, May 15, 2015 - 8:00am
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Fairbury Girls Softball Association

The Fairbury Girls Softball Association will host its annual Memorial Weekend Tournament at the softball complex on May 23-24. For teams ages 10 and under through 18 and under. For any questions, call Lana Likens at (402) 729-6855.
 
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Saturday, May 23, 2015 - 8:00am
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Tri County Blood Drive

Tri County Area Blood Drive at the Plymouth Community Center on Monday, June 15th, 2015 from 12:30-6:30 pm to schedule an appointment please contact Andrea at 402-656-5115.  Walk ins welcome.

Date: 
Monday, June 15, 2015 - 12:30pm
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Volunteers Needed for Avenue of Flags

Volunteers are needed to help put out the Avenue of Flags around the Fairbury Courthouse for Memorial Day. They will be put out on Saturday, May 23 at 8am and will be taken down on Monday, May 25 at 2pm.

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Saturday, May 23, 2015 - 8:00am
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Senior Center

Joan Wells of Western Entertainment will be at Senior Center in Fairbury on Thurs, May 21 at noon.

Date: 
Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 12:00pm
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EVACUATED


Looking south down the Union Pacific railroad tracks
 Dozens of people were given the mandatory order to leave their homes in parts of west Fairbury last Thursday as flood waters from the swollen Little Blue River threatened houses and buildings.
 The order came down from the City of Fairbury shortly before 7 a.m. as nearly 11 inches of rainfall northwest of Fairbury pushed the Little Blue to an all-time record high level of 25.42 feet shattering the old record of 24.33 feet set in 1992.
 According to Fairbury Chief of Police Chad Sprunk rapidly rising water west of the Union Pacific Railroad tracks was deemed to be a life threatening event. He said his department was ordered to oversee the removal of residents from that area. He said residents were asked to leave immediately and were not allowed time to gather personal belongings. The evacuation order included Parkview Manor near City Park.
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May

Rumor of Levy Breach Just That, A Rumor

 Last Thursday floodwaters rose rapidly in western portions of Fairbury. In what has been termed a 'hundred year flood' the only thing that ran faster than the flood waters was...rumors.
 As early as 8 a.m. on Thursday local officials were being bombarded with statements noting either the dam or the flood control dyke that surrounds Fairbury, or both, had ruptured. While rapidly rising water filled many homes and basements west of the Union Pacific tracks Fairbury Police Chief Chad Sprunk told the Journal-News he had heard the rumors but could not substantiate any of them.
 "The water was rising so fast we really couldn't see what was going on at the dam," he said.
 But according to Laura Bedlan from the City of Fairbury the rumors were all just that...rumors. She said the systems put in place to protect Fairbury did not fail.
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Flood Waters Claim Fairbury Area Woman

Betty McMullen, 86, of rural Fairbury was found dead last Friday the victim of what Jefferson County Sheriff Nels Sorensen called “a flood related death.”
 According to Sheriff Sorensen, McMullen, who lived on the blacktop road south of Fairbury on the Crystal Springs road has been missing since Thursday, following torrential rains that caused the Little Blue River to flood.
 “Members of the Fairbury Fire Departments attempted to make contact and evacuate her ,” he said. “Her residence had been surrounded by flood waters.”
 Sheriff Sorensen said fire officials searched and could not locate McMullen at her residence or on the farmstead. He said during the initial search the basement of the house was completely full of flood water.
“The conditions were very treacherous for rescue personnel and the search was suspended until conditions improved,” he said.
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Crystal Springs Closed,City Park Is Open

 As of this weekend people wanting to use some or all of the City of Fairbury's recreational facilities have a 50-50 chance of finding them open. Last week's flooding of The Little Blue River decimated public parks and trails.
 According to Laura Bedlan from the City of Fairbury Crystal Springs campground was the hardest hit. She said the area which encompasses three lakes and a campground is completely flooded and inaccessible.
 "It is closed," Bedlan said. "Everything was under water and the main road to Crystal has been washed out. We don't know when that area will be open again, there is a lot of damage to assess and repairs to be done." She also said the walking trail from the Fairbury Dam to Frederick Street is closed. “It was totally washed out and is going to need to be completely rebuilt.” Bedlan said.
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Residents impacted by flood waters are encouraged to get tetanus booster

Immunization Clinics Set for Jefferson, Saline & Thayer Counties

 

Residents impacted by flood waters are encouraged to get tetanus booster

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