AMES, Iowa – April 3, 2019 – While there was some good news last night with the opening of a segment of I-680 helping with the flow of traffic between Omaha and Council Bluffs, the public should expect that many Southwest Iowa roads will remain closed for weeks and in some cases, months due to severe flood damage.
The Iowa Department of Transportation is working diligently to assess damage, repair roads, and get them reopened as quickly as possible. Working with the Federal Highway Administration, local transportation partners, and the Nebraska and Missouri departments of transportation, our goal is to keep people moving as safely as possible through the area.
A detailed map of the initial damage assessments is posted here and has been added to https://floods2019.iowa.gov/IADOT_2019FloodMap.pdf.
For those roads that remain closed, barriers continue to block access. Those barriers will remain in place until the road has been deemed safe for traffic. If you see a barricade, don’t drive around it. Just because a road looks safe, doesn’t mean it is safe. While some structural damage to the road surface is very visible, damage to the ground underneath the road may be more difficult to see. Barricades are in place to protect you from hurting yourself, damaging your vehicle, and potentially causing further damage to the road. If you are a resident or property owner and need to get to your property, your county emergency management office can help coordinate safe access. Use this link to find your local office - https://www.homelandsecurity.iowa.gov/county_em/county_em_overview.html.
For the latest in flooding information and recovery resources, as well as an image gallery showing the flood damage and recovery efforts go to https://floods2019.iowa.gov/.
The latest traveler information is available through 511ia.org, by calling 511 (within Iowa) or 800-288-1047 (nationwide); or by downloading the free app to your mobile device.