Flooding continues along Missouri River

| 6/13/2011

For truckers whose routes take them through the Midwest, many are looking for alternatives around Interstate 29 because of flooding along the Missouri River.

Around 11 a.m. on Monday, June 13, the levee near Hamburg, Iowa, failed. The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for the area, and Iowa is preparing for closure of Interstate 29 and Iowa 333 near Hamburg. Residents of Atchison County, MO, are also being asked to evacuate.

Late Monday afternoon, the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) announced that it will be closing the Interstate 29/680 interchange near Loveland at 6 p.m. 

This will result in closures being placed at the following locations:

  • I-680 west- and eastbound from milepost 21 near Beebeetown (Pottawattamie/Harrison County Road L-34) to the I-29/680 interchange (milepost 71 near Loveland). 
  • I-29 south- and northbound lanes from the I-29/680 interchange to the I-29/U.S. 30 interchange (milepost 75 near Missouri Valley). 

According to the Federal Emergency Management Administration’s situation update on Monday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will continue “mandatory low flow releases on four reservoirs in Kansas until (the) Missouri River falls below flood stage.”

In North Dakota, evacuations are ongoing in Burleigh, Morton and Ward counties, and voluntary evacuations are continuing in Hughes and Stanley counties in South Dakota.

On Monday, a sinkhole about 2 feet deep, appeared at the base of a bridge over I-29 just north of Fargo. The overpass was closed and may remain closed for the rest of the week.