Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The joys of flooding.  It turns out that a section of I-29 has been closed by my town.  If the two bridges that are twenty miles apart get closed, it looks like your only options are St. Joe (if they have a bridge) and I-80.  Wny does this affect me?  It means that my town of 3700 now has freeway traffic going both ways as of today.  It's a mess of semis and cars.  If you are on the Iowa side, you're supposed to take I-35 and some other roads, but it's more convenient to go through my town and up the 20 miles to get back on I-29.  If both bridges are closed that still leaves north/southbound traffic goiong through my town to Omaha and down to St. Joe or even KC for the next few months.  If so, my two stoplight town is going to have to change the lights to last longer as you can only get about 3-5 semis through a light.

The Super 8 twenty miles away has a sign saying, "Riverfront property for sale".  I laughed but at the same time it makes me mad that so many people are losing homes up/down the river.  A friend said that a lot of insurance companies are considering this a man-made flood and aren't covering anything.  If you don't have insurance, you're out of luck.

The semi trucks will have a hard time getting gas since our stations weren't made for such large trucks and the only truck stop I know of will shut down soon.  I don't know where the next truck stop up north to Omaha is.

I don't think I'll have any problems with flooding as I'm on higher ground, but who knows.

I plan on getting some quilting done tomorrow.  Maybe I'll even post and put pics in.



Linda said...

I'm so sorry you're having these problems. It has certainly been a spring/summer of unusual and severe weather. I wish there were some way to ship all that water down to south Texas where we have been having a very severe drought! (I had rather be in a drought than a flood, though!) Our prayers are with you.