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UPDATE: Black Hawk County Gaming Assoc. donates $10,000 to help with search for Jake Wilson

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UPDATE: The Black Hawk County Gaming Association has donated $10,000 to help the La Porte City Fire Rescue continue to use excavating equipment to search for Jake Wilson. Jake has been missing since Saturday, April 7. 

La Porte City Police Chief Chris Brecher says the association unanimously voted to approve emergency funds after seeing the department's request for donations on Wednesday.

The $10,000 will likely cover the cost to remove the large logjams in the Wolf Creek from La Porte City to the Cedar River.

On Monday, the Black Hawk County Gaming Association board members will be meeting with search crews at the fire department.

The donation will allow a local excavating company, Veracity Excavation, to begin work as soon as the water levels in the creek recede. 

Chief Brecher says they are planning to begin next Thursday.

The La Porte City Fire Rescue is still asking for public donations. Chief Brecher says any donations that were already sent or will be sent in the future will go toward the search efforts.

He says some of the equipment used during the search, like wetsuits for the dive team, need to be repaired or replaced.

Here is information on how to donate:

Tax-deductible donations can be made to:
La Porte City Fire Association
202 Main Street
La Porte City, IA 50651

Please note "Jake Wilson Search" in the memo.

Click here to see the post.

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La Porte City Fire Rescue has posted to Facebook, asking for help from the public.

In the post, they said they recently used a large excavator to move and inspect some large logjams that they could not fully clear by hand.

"We have a gentleman that is actually from the town that owns his own excavation company, he has been helping us out, quite a bit," said La Porte City Police Chief Chris Brecher.

The local company has donated a lot of time and equipment to help in the search to #BringJakeHome. Chief Brecher says they would like to use the heavy equipment to clear the entire six miles of Wolf Creek from La Porte City to the Cedar River.

The extensive process will cost as much as $10,000, and neither the company or the city can cover the cost.

"We are in a small town. No town has an unlimited budget. We are getting to the point where it is getting difficult to transfer available funds," said Chief Brecher.

The heavy equipment is needed because several recent rains have increased water levels and created new, bigger logjams.

"We had a great map about a week ago of exactly where everything was and everything, for the most part, has shifted now. There are things that are farther downstream. There are things that are now compiled into bigger problems."

Here's where you can help. The Facebook post adds that the operation of this equipment brings renewed costs.

Fire Rescue says, "The outpouring of help and support from the community has been amazing, but we cannot perform this operation without the community’s support. We have received support and sponsorship to get started, but will need help funding this operation."

The search crews will have to wait until the water levels in the creek recede. They hope to start late next week.

The crews continue to search the Cedar River by boat, while the investigations team, headed by Sheriff Tony Thompson, looks into all possible leads.

Here is information from the Facebook post on how to donate:

Tax-deductible donations can be made to:
La Porte City Fire Association
202 Main Street
La Porte City, IA 50651

Please note "Jake Wilson Search" in the memo.

Click here to see the post.

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