Flooding shuts down major highways in Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri; hours regs suspended in some counties

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Updated Mar 19, 2019

Some interstates and other major highways are closed in Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri due to flooding from melting snow from last week’s “bomb cyclone” that hit the Plains and Midwest. Governors in Nebraska and Iowa have also issued states of emergency, exempting certain truck drivers from federal hours of service regulations.

Interstates affected by flooding in the region include I-29 in both Iowa and Missouri and I-680 in both Nebraska and Iowa.

I-29 in closed in Missouri from Rock Port (milemarker 110) to the Iowa state line. The closure extends into Iowa to Loveland (milemarker 71).

I-680 is closed in Nebraska at exit 13 near the Nebraska-Iowa state line. The closure extends into Iowa to the I-29 interchange.

A number of U.S. and state highways are also closed in the region. Updated closure information for Nebraska can be found here, updated information for Iowa can be found here, and updated information for Missouri can be found here.

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds and Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts have also declared states of emergency for certain counties within their respective states. Iowa’s emergency declaration includes 36 counties, while Nebraska’s includes 53 counites. The declarations waive HOS rules for truck drivers who are providing direct relief for the affected areas.

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