As local roads slowly emerge from the flooded Missouri River, it’s tempting to assume that they are safe for travel. This is not necessarily the case, according to a Plattsmouth city flood update. Anxious motorists are warned to wait until roads are officially opened before driving on them.
Before a flooded road can safely be reopened to the general public, it must be completely dry, debris must be removed, the driving surface must be cleaned, and the subgrade inspected. Also, signage must be repaired, culverts cleaned and inspected, and the shoulders checked.
“We’re doing pretty good,” said Cass County Road Superintendent Lenny Thorne as he discussed flood damage to local roads. Water is off the northern portion of Beach Road and the county has graded and rocked that portion to provide access from Highway 75 to housing near the Platte River. Other county roads that are still under water include the southern portion of Beach Road, River Road south of Plattsmouth, Rock Bluff Road near Beaver Lake, and 24th Avenue southeast of Union.
The Cassgram reports Thorne walked portion of River Road on Wednesday morning. A visual inspection of the road from the Highway 34 toll bridge a couple weeks ago showed downed trees and that’s mainly what he found on Wednesday. But he could only go so far so he’s not sure whether there is an erosion problem on the north-south part of the road nearest the river.
Thorne said the flooded roads will be inspected as soon as the receding waters allow