Drivers take wild ride navigating through flood detours on Interstates, highways

Published: Mar. 14, 2019 at 6:41 PM CDT
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Flooding usually brings to mind county or neighborhood roads, but one interstate in the metro fell victim to the rising waters.

Interstate 680 at the Mormon Bridge was closed on Thursday as the flood made its way downstream.

With Interstate 29 closed from Missouri Valley to the north end of Council Bluffs, and

, many travelers had a hard time getting around.

Several drivers at the 30th St. detour were requesting directions, making Omaha Police officers seem more like tour guides.

"You wait five minutes and the road will close on you," driver John Digreefe said.

The truck driver from Des Moines was trying to get to Norfolk, which was also surrounded by water.

"It's going to be a rough spring I think. All the water will slow us down quite a bit," Digreefe said.

Flooding closed roads in Washington County as well, leading to flooded detours like the one on County Rd. 40.

In Ft. Calhoun, some roads didn't even look like roads anymore.

One homeowner appeared to be surrounded by water but decided to stay put for the time being.

"We were six feet under water for six months," Marshall Mosier said.

He remembered the historic flooding of 2011 all too well. Not only was the interstate interest to his Iowa home closed, but he was trying to quickly salvage what he could with the fast-moving flood.

"We got a couple of old tractors to get and stuff out of the basement," Mosier said. "In 2011 we got a three days heads up."

The flood levels from that year can still be seen on Mosier's grain bins.