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Flooding closes the Savanna-Sabula bridge

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The Iowa and Illinois Departments of Transportation closed the Savanna, Ill.-Sabula Bridge at 2 p.m. on Monday due to high water.

The bridge will remain closed until the flood waters recede, which could be as long as a week.

According to IDOT, the Savanna-Sabula Bridge carries approximately 2,400 vehicles daily and was built in 1932.

People wanting to get to Illinois from Sabula must either cross at Dubuque, which is a 90-mile one-way trip, or at Clinton, which is about 40 miles.

Tom Holman owns Bombfire Pizza in Sabula.

"I get food off of a semi, and we'll see what happens. It's supposed to arrive tonight, but it comes from that way," Holman said, gesturing to the now-closed bridge.

The truss bridge carries two-lane U.S. 52 over the Mississippi River and is also the terminus of Iowa 64 and Illinois 64. It connects Savanna, Ill., in Carroll County, and Sabula, Iowa, in Jackson County.

The nearest alternative Mississippi River crossing is south of Sabula on Iowa 136 in Clinton County on the Mark N. Norris Bridge, where it continues as Illinois Route 136. IDOT will set up a detour from the Iowa 64/U.S. 52 junction south on U.S. 67 to Iowa 136.

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