AMES, Iowa - Aug. 11, 2010 – 9:30- a.m. update – Additional major highways are closed due to flooding in central Iowa, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT). Many county roads and city streets are also closed in the counties covered by the National Weather Service flood warnings.
Excessive runoff from heavy rainfall overnight is expected to continue to cause flooding of roadways in many parts of the state. Record flooding is forecast along portions of the South Skunk River from the Ames area to below Colfax. This is a particularly dangerous situation and travelers need to exercise additional caution in these areas. Flooding has already resulted in the closure of U.S. 30 and southbound I-35 near Ames.
Iowans are urged to continue to closely monitor conditions and never enter a water-covered roadway. If you encounter a flooded area, turn around – don’t drown.
For weather and other emergency information, stay tuned to NOAA weather radio or your local radio and TV stations.
Emergency response and recovery operations
The Iowa DOT is continuing to perform emergency response and recovery missions received through the Iowa Department of Public Defense’s Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division. On Thursday, Aug. 12, the Iowa DOT will have a dump truck in Whiting to assist with debris removal. The work is expected to take approximately one day.
Roadways reopened since last update
· Iowa 17 in Hamilton County – The roadway between Hamilton County Road D-56 and Iowa 175 (near Stanhope) has reopened.
Roadways currently closed or restricted
Due to the dynamic nature of flash flooding, motorists should remain alert throughout the day in all counties under watches or warnings.
- NEW - Interstate 35 in Story County - The southbound lanes of I-35 are closed just south of Ames. Due to other area highway closures, a lengthy detour has been established that extends from U.S. 30 east to U.S. 65 south to Iowa 330 and south to I-80 at Altoona.
- U.S. 30 in Story County - The eastbound and westbound lanes of U.S. 30 between I-35 and U.S. 69 are closed.
- NEW - U.S. 69 in Story County - The road is closed from Riverside Road (north of Ames) to Story County Road E-23 (Gilbert exit).
- Iowa 2 in Fremont County - The right, eastbound lane is closed between Interstate 29 and the Nebraska state line.
- Iowa 44 in Dallas County – The roadway between Dallas County Road R-22 and Iowa 144 (near Grimes) is now restricted to one lane. It had previously been closed.
- Iowa 92 in Mahaska County - The roadway between Mahaska County Road T-25 and Iowa 163 (near Beacon) is now closed in both directions.
- Iowa 92 in Mahaska County - The roadway is now closed between Iowa 23 and Mahaska County Road V-13 (near Keomah Village). The location had previously been reduced to one lane.
- Iowa 117 in Jasper County - The roadway between Jasper County Road F-48 and Interstate 80 near Colfax is closed.
- NEW- U.S. 61 in Lee County – The roadway near U.S. 136 (Keokuk) will close beginning at 10 a.m.
- U.S. 63 in Mahaska and Wapello counties – Travel is restricted to one lane of traffic in each direction, in a head-to-head configuration, between Mahaska County Road T-67 and Wapello County Road G-61 (near Eddyville.) A detour has been established.
For current updates on state road conditions - 24 hours a day, visit www.511ia.org or call 511.
For information about flooding in Ames, call the city’s flood hotline at 515-239-5670 or visit their Web site at http://www.cityofames.org/FloodUpdate.htm
Media contact: Dena Gray-Fisher, 515-290-1637 or firstname.lastname@example.org