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Flash flooding washes out highway near bridge

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Part of a highway disappeared during Monday morning's flash flooding and the washout happened right after a semi went through.

Highway 151 washed out right before a bridge near Fairfax in Linn County.  It happened around 8 a.m.  No one was hurt.  The bridge covers Prairie Creek and the DOT says the water went so high, so fast, it got to the bridge, causing the washout.

Bridge crews are coming from Ames to inspect the damage.  Once they finish their work, the DOT says its crews will begin making repairs.  A DOT transportation planner told KWWL that she could not give a specific time frame, but said repairs would be made "quickly."  For now, traffic is being detoured.  About 7,000 vehicles pass over the bridge each day, many of those on their way to and from the Amana Colonies.

Late Monday morning, the Linn County Board held an emergency meeting and issued a disaster declaration.  That's the first step to ask for state aid because of the flooding damage across the county.

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