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Flooding forces roads, recreational areas to close in Council Bluffs

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Posted at 7:09 PM, May 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-31 21:29:33-04

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa — The City of Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie County and the City of Crescent issued a new disaster declaration Friday for the renewed flooding along the Missouri River, according to news release.

Current closings (temporary):

  • Tom Hanafan River's Edge Park
  • River’s Edge Service Road, the road between Harrah’s parking lot and Tom Hanafan River’s Edge Park
  • A portion of the Council Bluffs Trail System, from Harrah’s parking garage to Western Historic Trails Museum, as well as from 24th Street to the Indian Creek Trail
  • Big Lake Road
  • Gifford Road

River’s Edge Pavilion and Plaza, the trail system along the levee, and the Council Bluffs entrance to the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge remain open.

There are also several road closures across Pottawattamie County. You can see a map of them by clicking here. Additionally, Iowa DOT has closed I-29 north and south of Council Bluffs.

Currently, the Missouri River level is at 30.12 feet and is expected to crest on Monday, June 3 at 31.3 feet. The National Weather Service projects the river to maintain that level until Wednesday, June 5 before beginning to recede.

The levees are in good shape and are expected to perform as they should.

The building division in Council Bluffs recommends those who live in the west end of the city to monitor sump pump discharge. If sand or sentiments are found in the water, discontinue use of the sump pump.

Discharge of sand indicates the structural fill under the house is being pumped out. This will compromise the foundation. It's better to let the basement flood than risk the foundation collapsing.

Residents and businesses are asked to report any damages sustained due to flooding. To report your damages and provide photos, click here

City and County officials are monitoring the situation and will send updates as needed. Residents are encouraged to use best judgment and stay safe.

If you feel it’s necessary to evacuate your home, don’t wait until it’s too late. Floodwaters, rivers, creeks, and tributaries can be contaminated and pose various health risks. Don't drive through standing water or allow children to play in floodwater.

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