Towboat carrying fuel sinks on the Mississippi


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A towboat filled with thousands of gallons of diesel fuel struck a submerged object and sank on the Mississippi River on Monday.

The Coast Guard, the Environmental Protection Agency and local emergency crews responded, shutting down an eight-mile stretch of the river near Davenport, Iowa, as the vessel began leaking fuel.

Approximately 89,000 gallons of petroleum are said to be on the sunken vessel.

To learn more, head over to the Huffington Post. 

Coralville Old Town Redevelopment Begins


Photo by AirBeagle; Flickr
Photo by AirBeagle; Flickr

Five years after the 2008 flood, Coralville is finishing the last of its flood mitigation efforts.

Coralville city officials and Watts Group developers broke ground Monday on the Old Town Coralville redevelopment project. The $24 million project will include 154 housing units, 10,000 square feet of commercial space and green space at Fifth Street and Second Avenue.

Head over to the Press-Citizen for the full story.