News about the Quad Cities and surrounding region.

American Red Cross

Faced with trying to staff two huge, natural disasters, the Red Cross is trying to recruit more volunteers. And it's offering an accelerated training class, called "Just In Time," so more people can be ready to help as soon as possible.

Michelle O'Neill / WVIK

Update at 8:31 a.m.: The Government Bridge has reopened to vehicular traffic.

Master Sgt. Todd Pendleton / U.S. Air National Guard

Seven people from Illinois are headed to Texas to help with hurricane relief. Today the Illinois National Guard sent members of the 182nd Airlift Wing to Dallas. They took off this morning from Peoria.

Ambitious plans are in the works for Douglas Park in Rock Island. Tuesday city officials and members of the Friends of Douglas Park announced they want to turn the 102 year old firehouse into a museum.

Smoke Alarms to Be Installed Free

Aug 29, 2017 / American Red Cross

Every year, many people die from smoke inhalation in house fires due to malfunctioning smoke alarms.

WVIK's Mike Poletto reports this fall, the local Red Cross will hold its third annual "Sound the Alarm" program.

Sound the Alarm provides new smoke detectors and installation to anyone who needs them. Executive Director of the Quad Cities chapter, Amber Wood, says smoke detectors are critical safety tools for homes and apartments. / The American Red Cross

Local Red Cross volunteers are helping people in Houston survive flooding after Hurricane Harvey. Over the weekend, more than 30 volunteers left for Texas from Illinois and eastern Iowa, and eleven of them are from the Quad Cities.

Lacy Scarmana/WVIK

Viewing parties were held around the Quad Cities on Monday as the moon swept across the sun to create the first solar eclipse viewable here in decades.

submitted / Handicapped Development Center

Thanks to a local company, clients at Davenport's Handicapped Development Center will soon enjoy new computers. Tomorrow, representatives from Republic Companies will help cut a ribbon to open the J. S. Kimmel Technology and Training Center.

After a summer hiatus, Dr. Christopher is back with more conversations with change agents.

Mariah Woelfel/WVIK

There's a new mental health program in Scott County thanks to the philanthropic arm of Genesis Health System.