New aerial photos from the flood zone
July 5, 2011

The Iowa State Patrol has released a set of aerial photos from a flyover of the Missouri River flood zone conducted on Saturday. Some of the most dramatic are right from the heart of some of our recent project work -- including a shot of the Burlington Northern railroad just outside Pacific Junction, which is normally safe on dry land but appears almost to be floating atop a lake. We were in Pacific Junction and Glenwood shortly before the onset of flooding, helping Glenwood with a backup pump system to keep its water-treatment plant online. There should be no question why Interstate 29 is closed in southwestern Iowa, since it is completely submerged in places. Further downstream, you can see that Highway 2 is completely washed out between Waubonsie State Park in Iowa and Nebraska City across the river -- where we recently started up a raw-water pumping system to keep the water-treatment plant in operation during the floods. Further downstream, it's easy to see how Hamburg has been directly threatened. Huge stretches of farmland are under water.

This flooding is expected to persist well into the fall, and perhaps even into winter. Throughout that time, we are at the service of any communities needing our assistance with flood-control pumps, whether temporary or permanent in nature, and for any other assistance they may need to keep their water-treatment and wastewater-treatment plants in operation.

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