AMES, Iowa - July 29, 2010 – 11 a.m. update – Most short-term road closures due to recent flooding have now been removed, but four longer-term, flood-related closures remain, according to Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) officials.
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: http://www.iowadot.gov/floods/2010floodgallery01.html.
Flood warnings in effect
National Weather Service flood warnings remain in effect in Buena Vista, Cedar, Clay, Clinton, Dallas, Des Moines, Dickinson, Fremont, Greene, Iowa, Johnson, Jones, Lee, Linn, Louisa, Mahaska, Muscatine, Polk, Scott, and Wapello 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
- U.S. 61/River Drive in Scott County is now open between South Division Street and Bridge Avenue in Davenport.
Roadways currently closed or restricted
- 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.) This closure is expected to be in place into the weekend.
- Iowa 2 in Fremont County, the right lane of eastbound Iowa 2 is closed between the Nebraska state line and Interstate 29. This closure is expected to be in place until the middle of next week.
- 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.)
This will be the last detailed news release for the current flood situation. For current updates on road conditions - 24 hours a day, visit www.511ia.org or call 511.