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Siouxland Public Media Newscast, 4:32, 03.29.19

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 It looks like it will take months to repair major roads in western Iowa damaged by spring flooding. The Des Moines Register reports that state transportation official Scott Suhr says crews were on site Thursday to inspect some of the worst damages on parts of Interstate's 29 and 680, Highway 34 and state highway 2.

Around 25 miles of interstate in southwest Iowa and roughly 14 miles of roads north of Council Bluffs remain closed yesterday afternoon due to washed away shoulders, eroded pavement and scattered waste.

Suhr noted his chief concern is state Highway 2, since portions are still submerged.

Some people who were forced to evacuate flooded parts of southwest Iowa have been staying in RVs at a Fremont County state park.

Hamburg Community Schools and local churches have been helping flood victims. The school district’s superintendent Mike Wells says even some of the students are pitching in.

((0329wells    0:15)) Our kids are serving coffee to patrons who are here to receive services, eating lunch with them and sharing and just showing a little bit of love and support for them because it’s just truly, truly a sad situation.

Wells says the community is asking the Federal Emergency Management Agency for 100 trailers, so more people have a place to stay instead of leaving the school system. 

He says about half of the district’s students are displaced or mislocated, as half of Hamburg remains evacuated.