Iowa plans flood-control work on I-29 near Blencoe


June 21st, 2011 by Ric Hanson

BLENCOE, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa Department of Transportation says it will place some anti-flooding devices along Interstate 29 near Blencoe in western Iowa’s Monona County. The department says it will place a flood control barrier system along the inside and outside shoulders of lanes in both directions near mileposts 107 and 109 north of town. The department says the work will take several days to complete.

The department also says it is unable to reopen Iowa Highway 2 between I-29 and Nebraska City, Neb., across the swollen Missouri River. The department says a levee system adjacent to the highway is susceptible to a breach, making the route too dangerous for highway users, even if a flood barrier system were installed.

The highway stretch likely will be closed for weeks, until the water ebbs.