Be a cautious driver
I spoke with the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) last week and again this morning and they confirmed that portions of I-29 in Iowa are shut down. I-29 north of St Joe is closed at Rockport and they are only allowing local traffic. They advised that this could last for several weeks or more depending on the rains that are forecasted for most of this week.
They will keep me undated on the road conditions as they become available. Most of the people that are driving reckless, passing up hills, speeding etc are drivers new to our area, not our local folks. I appreciate our county residents for their patience during this time of high traffic.
Believe me, this high traffic is putting a strain on all of us. I want to remind everyone to make sure and allow yourselves extra time, try to stay calm and not give in to road rage, if you are following a long line of vehicles at a slower pace —relax and follow at a safe distance —I want you to arrive alive at your location. Always wear your seatbelt and especially make sure your passengers and children are too. Farmers are trying to make up lost time in the fields due to the wet weather, please allow them proper distance if you encounter them during your travels.
Deputies and other agencies will be patrolling and issuing citations again as per our last period of high traffic to help keep issues to a minimum. As always, please contact our office if there are issues of concern