Flooding forces closure of I-680 between states


June 10th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Rising floodwaters on the Missouri River have forced the closure of the section of Interstate 680 that links Iowa and Nebraska. The Iowa Department of Transportation announced the closing on Friday.

I-680 is now closed between the spot where it meets I-29 and the North 30th Street exit in Omaha. The closing includes the Mormon Bridge over the Missouri River. A 10-mile stretch of Interstate 29 between that location and Council Bluffs is also closed.

Officials recommend that drivers who want to cross between Nebraska and Iowa detour south to Interstate 80 to cross the swollen Missouri River.