Natalie Spahn

WVIK News Intern

Natalie Spahn, of DeKalb IL., is a senior at Augustana College. She is double majoring in Multimedia Journalism and Mass Communications and French. She also works for the Augustana Observer as the managing editor. 

After floodwaters go down, people need to be cautious about items that have been exposed to possibly contaminated water. The Rock Island Department of Emergency Management is reminding people how to properly dispose of flood items.

All are welcome to help pull weeds, water, and harvest locally grown vegetables from a new community garden. The Hilltop Campus Village has partnered with People Uniting Neighbors and Churches, or PUNCH, to plant a new garden in Davenport.

During the winter, the overflow shelter at King's Harvest gave nearly 400 people a break from the cold. Last week, the winter emergency shelter in Davenport closed its doors. It served 396 people, and gave them information about housing to use throughout the year.

For the first time since 2007, Visit Quad Cities will create a long term plan to make this area a better tourist destination. It's partnering  with Resonance Consultancy, a global tourism group that will develop a long-range strategic plan.

One of Dubuque's most popular parks is expanding. For the first time since 1937, the city will annex land adjacent to Eagle Point Park, after a donation from a Dubuque family. 

Diana Allen, Rock Island County Health Department

People should be careful about the dangers of flooding from the Mississippi River. The Rock Island County Health Department is reminding residents about safety issues when rivers flood. Natalie Spahn reports.

Customers of a popular internet and cable service will be without it for a few hours early Tuesday morning. Mediacom will move a portion of its fiber optic cables due to the I-17 bridge project. 

This month, you may see blue, silver, shiny pinwheel gardens all over the Quad Cities to remind people about child abuse. April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and the Child Abuse Council is partnering with 11 companies to help raise awareness.

Volunteers are needed to help protect Buffalo from the Mississippi River. Last weekend, 60 people turned out to fill sandbags and more are need this Saturday.

Augustana College wants their students to dress for success. J.C. Penny's National "Suit-Up" sale will be held this weekend for Augustana students, faculty, and staff.

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