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UPDATE: Bridge north of Hawarden to South Dakota opens to traffic

UPDATE: (11:16 a.m. Tuesday):

HAWARDEN, Iowa (KTIV) – The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office said the bridge north of Hawarden leading to Beresford is now open for traffic.

Officials had hoped the bridge would be open by Tuesday as water levels along the Big Sioux, north of Sioux City, began to recede.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office said the west bridge remains closed.

PREVIOUS (10: 31 p.m. Monday):

HAWARDEN, Iowa (KTIV) – Water levels along the Big Sioux, North of Sioux City are starting to recede.

Both the North and the West bridges into South Dakota had to be closed to traffic.

But officials hope the Northbridge leading to Beresford may be able to re-open sometime Tuesday- pending a proper inspection.

Emergency personnel and City officials are also pleased that all infrastructure items, such as sewer treatment and the railway remained in operation.

Highway 48 over the Big Sioux River has been closed since March flooding.

South Dakota officials had hoped to reopen the road before the end of September, once road reconstruction was finished.

However, because of recent flooding upstream, that reopening has been delayed.

City officials have done some sandbagging in preparations for this recent round of flooding.

The crest was expected to be at 22.28 feet, about half a foot below levels in March.

Travis Hoffer

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