Iowa bridge collapse blamed on heavy rainfall rush
Published 12:17 PM CDT Aug 20, 2015
LITTLE SIOUX, Iowa —Crews are working to repair a Union Pacific Railroad bridge that collapsed near the town of Little Sioux, KETV-TV reports.
Union Pacific representative Mark Davis says the bridge collapsed sometime Wednesday afternoon. The bridge is located over the Monona Harrison ditch near Austin Avenue and 125th Street.
Officials believe a rise in water levels due to recent heavy rainfall caused the center pier of the bridge to collapse.
Water levels rose about nine feet in the area late Tuesday into early Wednesday morning, according to river gauges.
Crews arrived on scene Thursday morning to begin the repairs.
Davis says crews plan to lay down rocks alongside the bridge to support cranes.
They will assess the damage on the center pier that gave way to decide how to proceed with repairs.
No injuries were reported and no trains were in the area at the time of the collapse.
Union Pacific officials say the railroad runs from Council Bluffs to Sioux City and averages about eight trains a day.
Union Pacific officials say crews inspect bridges twice a year, and that this bridge passed the most recent test.