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Rain causes bridge problems

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PANAMA (KWWL) -- Heavy rain and flooding have caused deterioration of some Shelby County bridges -- specifically the bridges over a creek between Panama and Portsmouth.

On the bridge just outside Panama, sagging and buckling deck planks have prompted county engineer Dan Ahart to close it.

Ahart says he's had to close six bridges in the county due to flood damage, with the bridge near Panama needing major repair. He says he has had to change the tonnage allowed on some bridges that remain open.

According to Ahart, in addition to the floods, last winter's heavy snow also caused bridge damage.

Shelby County is among 35 Iowa counties seeking federal disaster relief funds. Ahart estimates the county needs more than $300,000 for repairs.

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