This news release is being redistributed by the Iowa Department of Transportation as a courtesy to the South Dakota Department of Transportation.
PIERRE, S.D. –June 19, 2014 - South Dakota state officials are closing Interstate 29 in southeast South Dakota at noon today.
The Big Sioux River is predicted to crest in the morning or early afternoon hours of Friday, June 20 and is expected to send a significant amount of water into low lying areas of southeast South Dakota.
As Gov. Daugaard outlined in a media briefing on Wednesday, a berm, or levee, is being built across both lanes of interstate 29 at Exit 4. That protective structure will connect with an existing levee on the east side of North Sioux City.
Through traffic on Interstate 29 will be detoured as follows:
Interstate through traffic detour on local roads:
At this time, local traffic will be allowed into the area until water is over the road.
Detour maps are available on http://disasterrecovery.sd.gov/flood_info_pubs.aspx.
Motorists are urged to use caution when driving on state and local roads in southeast South Dakota for the next several days and should not drive through rushing or standing water over roadways as the road may be washed out underneath.
Travelers are urged to visit safetravelusa.com/SD or to call 511 to check latest road conditions in their area.
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