Lee Enterprises Papers Launch Online Flood Coverage

Apr 19, 2001, 01:00 ET from Lee Enterprises

    DAVENPORT, Iowa, April 19 /PRNewswire/ --
     As the crest of what could become a record flood moves down the
 Mississippi River, four Lee Enterprises (NYSE:   LEE) newspapers have
 established http://www.flood2001.com to provide critical information and
 support.
     The site, which went into operation today, includes continual information
 feeds from the Quad-City Times in Davenport and the nearby Muscatine Journal,
 along with the La Crosse Tribune in Wisconsin and the Winona Daily News in
 Minnesota.
     Information and links include the latest official bulletins, forecasts,
 road closings, news stories and volunteer notices.  Photographs include
 galleries from the newspaper photo staffs, live shots from a floodcam in
 downtown Davenport, and satellite images from the National Oceanic and
 Atmospheric Administration.  Other links include information from the U.S.
 Army Corps of Engineers, American Red Cross Disaster Relief, the Federal
 Emergency Management Agency, and emergency management divisions and
 departments of transportation in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois and
 Missouri.
     Gregory P. Schermer, Lee Enterprises vice president for interactive media,
 said http://www.flood2001.com will remain active until the threat has passed
 and the cleanup has been completed.  "Last summer, our newspapers in Montana
 quickly set up a site like this one to help fight wildfires, and the response
 from our communities was overwhelming.  The www.montanafires.com site provided
 new information to thousands of people every day.  We hope www.flood2001.com
 can make a similar difference for the thousands of people who are fighting
 this flood and the many more who are affected by it."
     The crest passed through Winona and La Crosse on Wednesday only inches
 short of the all-time highest flood, and it is being forecast for up to
 7.5 feet above flood stage in Davenport, less than two inches below the record
 set in 1993.
     Lee Enterprises is based in Davenport.  It owns 23 daily newspapers and
 joint interest in five others.  Lee also owns more than 100 weekly newspapers,
 shoppers and specialty publications, along with associated online services.
 Its stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol LEE.  More
 information about Lee Enterprises is available at http://www.lee.net
 
 

SOURCE Lee Enterprises
    DAVENPORT, Iowa, April 19 /PRNewswire/ --
     As the crest of what could become a record flood moves down the
 Mississippi River, four Lee Enterprises (NYSE:   LEE) newspapers have
 established http://www.flood2001.com to provide critical information and
 support.
     The site, which went into operation today, includes continual information
 feeds from the Quad-City Times in Davenport and the nearby Muscatine Journal,
 along with the La Crosse Tribune in Wisconsin and the Winona Daily News in
 Minnesota.
     Information and links include the latest official bulletins, forecasts,
 road closings, news stories and volunteer notices.  Photographs include
 galleries from the newspaper photo staffs, live shots from a floodcam in
 downtown Davenport, and satellite images from the National Oceanic and
 Atmospheric Administration.  Other links include information from the U.S.
 Army Corps of Engineers, American Red Cross Disaster Relief, the Federal
 Emergency Management Agency, and emergency management divisions and
 departments of transportation in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois and
 Missouri.
     Gregory P. Schermer, Lee Enterprises vice president for interactive media,
 said http://www.flood2001.com will remain active until the threat has passed
 and the cleanup has been completed.  "Last summer, our newspapers in Montana
 quickly set up a site like this one to help fight wildfires, and the response
 from our communities was overwhelming.  The www.montanafires.com site provided
 new information to thousands of people every day.  We hope www.flood2001.com
 can make a similar difference for the thousands of people who are fighting
 this flood and the many more who are affected by it."
     The crest passed through Winona and La Crosse on Wednesday only inches
 short of the all-time highest flood, and it is being forecast for up to
 7.5 feet above flood stage in Davenport, less than two inches below the record
 set in 1993.
     Lee Enterprises is based in Davenport.  It owns 23 daily newspapers and
 joint interest in five others.  Lee also owns more than 100 weekly newspapers,
 shoppers and specialty publications, along with associated online services.
 Its stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol LEE.  More
 information about Lee Enterprises is available at http://www.lee.net
 
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