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    Flood Pictures from DOT

    Heres a link to some pics of different roads that have been closed/destroyed.

    Floods - Iowa DOT



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    Re: Flood Pictures from DOT

    even the dang DOT requires a flash player to see pictures? Lame.



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    Re: Flood Pictures from DOT

    The slideshow is eerie and awe-inspiring. It's hard to really understand the power of water, in great amounts.

    I really, really wish I could be there to help out.


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    Re: Flood Pictures from DOT

    Those are some pretty amazing photos.
    As always - stay safe up there.



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    Re: Flood Pictures from DOT

    Unbelievable force in those pictures.


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    Re: Flood Pictures from DOT

    Thanks for the photos. Looks like even if I wanted to drive out there it would be tough.



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    Re: Flood Pictures from DOT

    I just got back from taking some pictures around the MLK/Euclid area while I was out running some errands. Might upload them later this weekend. After seeing up close the north residential neck of MLK which is down the hill from me I can see why they were hauling dirt in to increase the levee because the water probably would have come over it and flooded the low line areas and houses in that neighborhood. There was already a pretty good size levee there but the water definitely came higher than it from what I can tell. I think the water was at its peak last night around 8:30 because I can already tell the water has receeded several feet back on Euclid.


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    Re: Flood Pictures from DOT

    Amazing, any updates on the status of I-80?



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    Re: Flood Pictures from DOT

    We're leaving from Michigan for home (Ames) tomorrow. Not sure which way to go with all the closed roads. Anyone have suggestions based on current personal knowledge/driving experience?



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    Re: Flood Pictures from DOT

    It looks much the same in southern Wisconsin. I had to backtrack from Wisconsin Dells back to La Crosse as all roads south were closed Friday. Same system.


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    Re: Flood Pictures from DOT

    Quote Originally Posted by Ms3r4ISU View Post
    We're leaving from Michigan for home (Ames) tomorrow. Not sure which way to go with all the closed roads. Anyone have suggestions based on current personal knowledge/driving experience?

    I'd say your best bet is to get on Hwy 20 and take that to 35. Last I heard there were bridges closed on 30 still but I know that 20 is open all the way to 35.

    Just stay away from 80 and any place that the Iowa River crosses a road. Cedar seems to be far enough down stream that you can get across that......GOOD LUCK!



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    Re: Flood Pictures from DOT

    Quote Originally Posted by CloneFan03 View Post
    I'd say your best bet is to get on Hwy 20 and take that to 35. Last I heard there were bridges closed on 30 still but I know that 20 is open all the way to 35.

    Just stay away from 80 and any place that the Iowa River crosses a road. Cedar seems to be far enough down stream that you can get across that......GOOD LUCK!
    My aunt came back to the area this week and that is definitely the way to go, even though she lives in a southern suburb of Chicago she said the 20 route was much better than coming over on 80. Other pluses to 20: its new(ish), its divided along most, its pretty lightly patrolled from my experience, and its lightly traveled



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    Re: Flood Pictures from DOT

    Our plan was the 20 to I35 and south, and would have worked great, EXCEPT for the horribly slow traffic through Chicago on 94. Right at the White Sox U.S. Cellular stadium, everything came to a slow crawl and pretty much stayed that way out to the airport. Never again will I go through downtown Chicago like that just to save a few bucks on the toll roads. We used them a bit anyway going out northwest of the city, but by that time we'd spent more time than we ever planned there.

    Saw lots of ponds and other standing water in fields, and some large areas that probably won't be able to be replanted to much of anything now.

    Came home to a dry sum pump. Amazing.



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    Re: Flood Pictures from DOT

    Obviously 20 is now the highest road across Iowa.....no wonder they built it.


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    Re: Flood Pictures from DOT

    I-80 looks like it is going to be done for awhile. If you look at any of those photos near Vinton or where the shoulder and undermining of the roads. I'm sure this same thing is going to happen to I-80. I don't know if the road will crumble like the asphalt one in Vinton...but definately going to need to be really examined for damage.

    I can't complain of the lack of traffic, cause when I went home to Newton the other night, it was just smooth sailing on I-80 all the way home...it is just so weird to see hardly any semi's on the road and all the rest areas empty.

    The other thing I am scared of is that this I-80 closer is going to cause lots of problems for the IRL traffic coming to Newton from the East. For what should be an hour drive from IC to Newton is going to turn into a 3-4 hour trek.



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