Drive Through Road Closed Signs, Get a Ticket

There are new reports of people driving through "road closed" signs, trying to get a look at the flooding or take short cuts around the posted detours.

As early as Monday morning around 6:30, law enforcement reported seeing barricades moved and seeing clear signs of vehicle traffic driving through the area of I-680 and the Morman Bridge.

While we can't see the dangers just past these barricades, driving through these signs not only is a safety concern, but now law enforcement says they will punish us with a ticket.

Water continues to inch its way over Mormon Bridge Road keeping this stretch of highway closed. Water here is clearly too deep to drive through.

But what if it's a seemingly slow stream of water, barely pushing across the road? Or even here where Laplatte Road meets Harlan Lewis? It looks like you could drive around these barricades and through the standing water. But road experts say don't be too hasty.

Steve Mefford, with the Iowa Department of Transportation says, "You don't know how fast the water is going to rise, or even if there is a roadway surface underneath that water."

So now Sheriff's Deputies in Sarpy County are out, regulating traffic here near the Sarpy County Power Plant. Because it's at the point here and down Cunningham Road in Bellevue is where patrol units have started issuing citations; a 98-dollar ticket for curiosity they say.

And it’s easy to see why people want to look because what looks like a lake here, used to be a neighborhood.

Wade Hemming of Bellevue says, "It can destroy your car, and you could get caught in rising rapids." Wade Hemming took to foot today to check out flooded Hayworth Park, he's recording the historic flooding for himself but doesn't want to end up being the memory, he says, "I would rather be here than in a situation I can't get out of."

Lanny Richards lived through the flood of '52, he says he remembers his dad flying for the Civil Air Patrol, looking for stranded people along the flooded basin and says paying attention to the signs will help prevent that for other people.

Lanny Richards says, "I respect them, I think everybody should respect that water."

Basically, Iowa D.O.T. experts and local law enforcement say the road is closed for a reason, don't chance the drive through it. The detours are something we'll need to deal with for the time being.

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