Brenda Neville, president of the Iowa Motor Truck Assn., has stated that the closure of two stretches of Interstate 29 in western Iowa due to flooding is having a "dramatic impact" on truckers, according to a news report posted today on DesMoinesRegister.com. "The I-29 shutdown has had a dramatic impact on trucking in general because it is a major corridor for trucks," Neville told DesMoinesRegsiter.com.
The website has reported that the detours-- caused by flooding along the Missouri River-- could last for months and are hitting trucking companies with costly delays.
I-29 extends from Kansas City, MO through Iowa, South Dakota and North Dakota to the Canadian border south of Winnipeg, MB, the report noted, and the flooding has shut down a 20-mile stretch between Council Bluffs IA and the Missouri Valley area and a 22-mile section from Iowa Highway 2 south to U.S. Highway 136.
Also closed by flooding are two sections of Interstate 680 in Pottawattamie Count, including the Mormon Bridge spanning the river there.