Flooding continues to plague drivers trucking in Midwest

| 6/29/2011

While the battle against flooding along the Missouri River Basin continues, the Federal Emergency Management Agency says it is continuing to monitor “seepage and boiling” on numerous levees.

On Tuesday, June 28, FEMA reported that the Garrison Dam reservoir “appears to have crested” and should stay “nearly level for the next several days or so and then begin to recede” in North Dakota.

Flooding continues to affect truck drivers’ travel through Minot, ND. However, the Souris River appears to have crested and should recede in the next few days, according to the latest FEMA report. Currently, the U.S. Highway 83 bypass is the only “north-south route open through Minot and travel time on the bypass can take up to two hours.”

While the Broadway Bridge through Minot hasn’t been damaged by floodwater, it is open to emergency traffic only at this point.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers continues to fight levee breaches, sand boils and seepage at Hamburg and Council Bluffs.

According to the FEMA update, the Corps is using “seepage blankets to reinforce levee” at Council Bluffs. A mandatory evacuation order has been issued in Mills County, IA, because of the “rise of interior ground water east of the Mills County Levee System.”

Late Monday, June 27, the Corps confirmed that a non-federal levee – the Rushville-Sugar Lake Association – in Buchanan County, MO, was breached. A voluntary evacuation is in effect there.