Today marks the first anniversary of the historic 2011 Missouri River flood. June 1, 2011 Iowa was forced to close the first of many roads. The Iowa Department of Transportation released their story of the flood and the impact it had on Iowa’s transportation system. DOT spokesperson Dena Gray-Fisher their “storyfy” project takes viewers from the start of the flood to when the last road barriers came down.
Gray-Fisher says, “It is really an amazing story. We have narrated it with a lot of information with what was happening with the transportation system and included video, photos and a lot of news coverage.”
Flooding in Iowa destroyed many roadways from Sioux City to Hamburg… roads that Nebraskans use every day. I-29 was closed as well as Missouri River bridges near Decatur, Nebraska City and Omaha and that took drivers miles out of their way. One of the bridges that closed was the Mormon Bridge along I-680 between Omaha and Crescent, Iowa. Gray Fisher says I-680 was just rubble. A combined effort with Iowa DOT and several contractors worked day and night and cleared the road and reconstructed it in just over 30 days.
Their “storyfy” project takes viewers through the six month journey to recount the flood flight, see the damage to roads and the landscape stripped of vegetation. It also takes a look at the impact flooding had on the region’s economy and mobility.
To see view the story of the 2011 Missouri River flood log on to http://www.iowadot.gov/ .
Gray Fisher says the DOT is looking forward to hearing your personal story of the 2011 flood. They would also like to see your photos or video of the flood on their facebook page. That can be found at facebookcom/iowadot.