Iowa DOT Removes Major Roadblock

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The Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) is announcing that Iowa-2 highway will be partially reopened to traffic on Monday, Oct. 24 at 4 p.m. Favorable weather has allowed the contractor to perform repair and rebuilding work at an accelerated pace; the bids for this project were opened Oct. 12. This project extends from the Missouri […]

(Editorial) Corps: Past Lessons Can Help Shape Flood Plain Management


By Brig. Gen. John R. McMahon Northwestern Division Commander United States Army Corps of Engineers The Missouri River Basin Flood of 2011 has once again drawn our attention to the benefits and risks associated with the Missouri River Mainstem reservoir system, its tributaries, levee systems, and the floodplain. Despite tangible returns on investment of the […]

“It’ll be tough, but we’re going to win this fight.” Craig Sheppard 1955-2011

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The community of Elwood, Kansas lost one of its most colorful residents with the passing of Jonathan “Craig” Sheppard October 12. Sheppard was the President of the Board of Directors of the Elwood-Gladden Drainage District, and as such was a frequent point man in our coverage of Missouri River flooding. He was 56. We remember […]

FEMA Flood Grants Top $2 Million


ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) – The Federal Emergency Management Agency says grants for families affected by this year’s floods in northwest Missouri have now topped $2 million. The agency says the grants have been approved for hundreds of families in Andrew, Atchison, Buchanan, Holt, Lafayette and Platte counties. Those families registered with FEMA and had […]

I-29 Reopens

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A major milestone came over the weekend in the region’s recovery from Missouri River flooding.  Interstate 29 highway, closed by flooding nearly four months ago, has reopened between Rock Port, Mo., (exit 110) to U.S. Highway 34 (exit 32) near Pacific Junction, Iowa. The 15 miles of Missouri interstate closed on June 15 when flood […]

Big Lake Boil Order


Residents of Big Lake, Missouri, their homes surrounded and inundated by floodwater for months, are now making do without fresh water. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources issued a boil order last week until further notice. Water service was shut down due to a water main break. Officials say because there was a complete loss […]

Construction Update on New US-59 Amelia Earhart Bridge Project

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The Kansas Department of Transportation now expects complete work on the new Amelia Earhart Bridge in about a year. Construction work on the bridge spanning the Missouri River Buchanan County, Missouri and Atchison, Kansas was delayed over the summer months due to river flooding. There were also fabrication issues related to the structural steel that […]