Hwy. 30 remains open

View of flooded ground looking west from the Des Moines River bridge.

It nearly happened for a third time - the closing of Hwy. 30 due to flooding. There was talk of closing Hwy. 30 at the Des Moines River noon Thursday, July 5. The Army Corps of Engineers projected Saylorville to crest at 887 feet. Tuesday, July 3, the Iowa DOT determined that the water level may affect Hwy. 30 sooner than anticipated and that closure could take place as early as Wednesday, July 4. Fortunately, the water stopped just short of going over the road. Had the highway been shut down, drivers would have been detoured north to R18 or south to E57 until flood waters subsided.