Iowa DOT News Release

Flooding continues to affect Iowa roads and bridges

Posted on: July 28, 2010

AMES, Iowa - July 28, 2010 – 7 a.m. update – Flooding continues to impact city and township streets, and county and state roadways in Iowa as the waters make their way downstream, according to Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) officials.

Damage reports

Descriptions of damage to some of the state’s roads and bridges are reported under the “Roadways currently closed or restricted” section below. As additional photos of damage are made available, they will be posted at:


Flood warnings in effect

National Weather Service flood warnings remain in effect in Black Hawk, Boone, Bremer, Buena Vista, Butler, Cedar, Clay, Clinton, Dallas, Des Moines, Dickinson, Fremont, Greene, Hamilton, Iowa, Johnson, Jones, Lee, Linn, Louisa, Mahaska, Muscatine, Plymouth, Polk, Scott, Sioux, Wapello and Webster counties.

Iowans are urged to continue to closely monitor conditions and never enter a water-covered roadway. When encountering a flooded area, turn around and find an alternative route. Turn around – don’t drown.

For weather and other emergency information, stay tuned to NOAA weather radio or your local radio and TV stations.

Roadways reopened since last report

  • Iowa 38 in Jones County is now open.

Roadways currently closed or restricted

  • U.S. 61/River Drive in Scott County is closed between South Division Street and Bridge Avenue in Davenport. The water has receded on a short section of U.S. 61 allowing it to reopen. Detours remain in place. 
  • U.S. 61/U.S. 136 in Lee County at the Iowa/Missouri state line (Traffic normally going across the Des Moines River bridge near Keokuk, Iowa, is being directed to the Des Moines River bridge at St. Francisville, Mo. Detour signs are in place.)
  • Iowa 2 in Fremont County, the right lane of eastbound Iowa 2 is closed between the Nebraska state line and Interstate 29
  • Iowa 5 between 600th and 610th streets in Appanoose County near Exline, approximately 1.3 miles north of the Missouri state line (Major damage to the bridge at this location occurred during flooding last week. The road is expected to be closed for three months or more while bridge repair work is performed.)
  • Iowa 136 between Jones County Road E-17 and Richland Road, north of Onslow (This roadway remains closed due to extensive damage. A section of the roadway approximately 200 feet long was undermined by the flood waters. A detour will remain in place until repairs are made.)

    For current updates on road conditions - 24 hours a day, visit or call 511.


Iowa highway in the evening