Flooding is still a very real issue in some places of the Western Corn Belt. Work to repair roads and bridges in Nebraska and Iowa is still underway following historic flooding in March.
“I have some fields I haven’t been able to inspect yet,” said Hamburg, Iowa farmer, Mike Woltemath.
Both the Nebraska and Iowa Department of Transportation are making progress and are opening up some roads. However, both DOT Departments focus on the interstate and state highway systems.
“We have been able to get in some of these areas to make some repairs, but we do have some significant damage on some of the [interstate] ramps,” said Scott Suhr, district transportation planner for Southwest Iowa with Iowa Department of Transportation. “Those ramps will remain closed until the water recedes and we can get in there to do our inspection.”
Suhr says some roads have been flooded multiple times this year.