Motorcycles and water covered roads don't mix.
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Interstate 35 New Virginia, Mile Marker 37 Does Flood
Wow we have a lot of flooding go on in Iowa. The dam at Lake Delhi let go and the entire Nine Mile Lake was lost. From the news report is seems no one had flood insurance because Delaware County officials didn't want to participate in the national flood insurance program. All the county officials can do at this point is to continue to call for calm. What they need to do is suspend property taxes for the people around the lake. Then on the north side of Olin a levee broke letting all the water run towards town filling up and overflowing the storm sewers. Everyone is asking who will pay for the cleanup.
These are the big news items and then there are the smaller flood issues that seem to create havoc in Iowa. One seems like a nuisance but it's really a lot more than just an inconvenience to some motorists.
At mile marker 37 on I-35 near New Virginia it flooded over due to storm drains being partially obstructed or "plugged". Seems like a maintenance issue to me. It's hard to imagine this occurring on a major interstate highway, but apparently it did. Follow the link and you'll see a photo with a red SUV sitting partially on the shoulder with the front end off into a water clogged ditch. I-35 Crash Reported After Heavy Rain Hits, KCCI
This may seem like not such a big deal to many people, but it can be. I'm aware of an accident where a group of motorcyclists came upon a section of the road that had water running across it. The road was low enough that water, like this one, covered a section of the road. As the motorcycles attempted to stop one lost control and a passenger was killed. The driver was devastated and still is today.
So what should be done when water covers a low-section of the roadway? The County road workers have to put up warning signs. There is a right way to erect them; motorists need sufficient warning to take corrective and evasive action.
If the county road workers don't put signs along the road, or if the signs aren't far enough back, the riders don't have sufficient time to stop before realizing the roadway is covered in water. So while to an SUV driver it may seem like no big deal this is a big deal to motorcyclists, bicyclists, anyone pulling a trailer and semi-truck drivers that can jackknife.
When it comes to budget cuts, depressed tax revenues and having enough road workers our 99 Iowa counties are ... should we say underwater? There isn't enough money to go around to get all the work done. And with major disasters like Lake Delhi it can only get worse. So here is a bit of advice. When you're out driving you have to use an abundance of caution right now. These problems are going to not just persist but get worse. As our federal government begins to deal with austerity, and they will, things are going to change and not for the better. So like I'm fond of saying, let's be careful out there.
Thanks for reading and we'll be back tomorrow.
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