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Flooding Causes Closures and Concern on Iowa Roads
Updated: Tuesday, May 28 2013, 09:49 PM CDT
TAMA COUNTY, IA (CBS2/FOX28)Trooper Bob Conrad is asking for your patience.
“I realize that it's an inconvenience for the motorists and they don't want to take that different route, but you need to make it home,” Conrad said.
An important reminder, as road crews continue to battle with the elements on several Iowa highways.
“We're looking for road closures on highway 21 around Belle Plaine, we're looking at road closures on Highway 63,” Conrad said.
In addition, over on Highway 30 just west of Tama the road IS open, but the race is on to keep the pavement dry.
“We’ve been trying to dike the north side of Highway 30 to keep the water from flowing into the westbound lane,” said Mark Lloyd with the Iowa Department of Transportation.
Lloyd says they’ve been working hard on both sides of the road.
“Sandbagging and pumping the median to keep the water from overflowing on the eastbound lane,” Lloyd said
For him, the water buildup conjures up not so fond memories.
“Maybe just a little more this year as it was in ’08,” Lloyd said.
Their effort reduced the highway to one lane on each side, causing problems for drivers like Shannon Keckler.
“I have to be back at work tomorrow at 8 o'clock, so I don't want to have to miss another day of work,” Keckler said.
Lloyd says if the skies hold up, she won't have to.
“No more heavy rains and I think we'll be OK. Things should hold itself and it should start gradually going down.”