I-29 may soon close near Council Bluffs

The rising Missouri River soon will force closure of an Interstate 29 stretch north of Council Bluffs in western Iowa.

The Iowa Transportation Department says it will be closing I-29 from milepost 55 on the north edge of the city to the I-29 interchange with Interstate 680, about 12 miles away. A detour will be set up taking traffic to the I-680-Interstate 80 interchange.

Also, I-680 west of I-29 will be closed, which will limit motorists trying to cross the river into Nebraska, north of Omaha. The Iowa department says motorists between Iowa and Nebraska should use Interstate 80. The closures are expected in the next 12 to 36 hours.

The Missouri River is expected to crest 5 to 7 feet above flood stage in Iowa and Nebraska next week.  The Army Corps of Engineers says the Missouri could go two feet higher than already projected record levels.

It all means business at the DeSoto Bend Fuel Station isn't just slow, it's stopping.  Kip Murphy works at the convenience store and says they'll probably close up shop some this weekend. “It means like I'm out of this part time job and two other people they employ are out.  This is a small operation.  Multiply that up and down the Missouri. There's going to be a lot of people hurting.”

DeSoto Bend Fuel is packing up the essentials, ending ice sales, plugging the pumps and letting their stock cease.  Murphy says, “We're letting the inventory run down to a bare minimum and haven't had orders brought in so when we have to get out of here, we don't have as much stock to move.”