High water forces Iowa-South Dakota bridge closure - KWWL - Eastern Iowa Breaking News, Weather, Closings

High water forces Iowa-South Dakota bridge closure


AKRON  (KWWL) -- The state Highway 48 bridge from Iowa to South Dakota has been closed. The Big Sioux River, in northwestern Iowa near Akron, was fed by heavy rains and melting snow and forced the closing.

The bridge was closed Sunday. Akron emergency services director Jon Coyle said the ground's very saturated, so there's nowhere for rain and snow melt to go. It ends up in drainage ditches and streams that eventually empty into the Big Sioux.

Coyle says the river was expected to pass flood stage but that it would not pose a risk to homes or businesses in Akron.

The bridge likely will remain closed through the end of the week.

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