Iowa Department of Transportation spokesperson, Dena Gray-Fisher, says drivers in some areas of the state are looking for detours today. Gray-Fisher says storm damage downs powers lines blocking roads, and there has also been flooding. She says the damage is in western Iowa in Fremont, Harrison, Lucas, Montgomery and Page counties.
Gray-Fisher says they have crews working to fix downed power lines. Gray-Fisher says motorists should not take any chances trying to get through a blocked roadway. Gray-Fisher says you should turn around if you see water over the roadway, or the roadway is already barricaded. She says it can be very dangerous to enter a roadway that’s covered with water.
The state roads that’re currently closed include: In Harrison County, I-29 southbound and northbound roadways, (approximately two miles north of the U.S. 30/I-29 interchange in the Missouri Valley area, Harrison County); in Lucas County U.S. 34 at Lucas, U.S. 65 south of Lucas; in Montgomery County, U.S. 71 between Grant and Lyman, due to downed power poles (Montgomery and Cass counties), U.S. 34 in Red Oak, just west of Iowa 48, the flood gates are across the road, Iowa 48 in Elliott; in Page County, U.S. 59 north of Shenandoah; Iowa 48 in Shenandoah.