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Roads and water supply shut-off due to flooding

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AMES (KWWL) -- Many flooded communities in Central Iowa are dealing with closed roads and highways. In Ames, a water main break has shut down supplies to the entire city.

Folks who live or work in Ames are accustomed to flooding. But this one is taking many people by surprise. Governor Chet Culver met with many city and community leaders Wednesday afternoon to understand the extent of the damage.

"We don't have all the answers, we just know its very serious," Assistant City Manager Bob Kindred told Culver.

As if to add insult to injury, a water main break under Squaw Creek drained all of the water out of one tower, dropping pressure in town to a dangerous level.

"Our crisis may be yet to come if we lose potable water. At that point, we'll really need to count on you," Mayor Ann Campbell added.

The city has shut down the entire community's water supply, and may not restore it until Thursday. Meanwhile, the Iowa Department of Transportation is closing off many of the area's main roadways.

"A lot of water running over the Interstate, running over roads, county roads. So it's still a dangerous situation in terms of public safety," said Culver.

The Iowa DOT has closed down both lanes of Interstate 35 between Ames and Des Moines. On an average day, I-35 sees between 20-40,000 vehicles. With the State Fair starting Thursday morning, expect that number to go way up. So the Iowa DOT is making sure drivers have all the information available so they can pick the safest ways to make it around the detours.

The DOT is constantly updating its website, and have a temporary hotline for flooded road information -- 866-452-8510. State troopers are asking you to help, by following their detours. If the road is closed, don't risk your life by trying to get through.

The City of Ames is also updating their website regularly with local detour information, as well as the latest on the water supply. A boil order is still in place Wednesday night for all residents.

Online Reporter Colleen O'Shaughnessy

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