UPDATE: Highway 169 near Adel has reopened to traffic from U.S. 6 to Iowa 44, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation. The road reopened to traffic from both directions around 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 23.


Highway 169 remains closed in both directions between U.S. 6 and Iowa 44, near Adel, due to flooding from the Raccoon River, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation in a statement released on Friday, March 22.

A marked detour is in place, using U.S. 6/Old Highway 6, Dallas County Road P-58/K Avenue and Iowa 44.

At this time, we don't have an estimate of when this location will reopen. We're waiting for the water to recede so the road can be inspected for any damage and any necessary repairs made.

We understand the challenges this creates for people and businesses and will reopen the road as soon as we can safely do so.

When driving around flooded roadways remember the following:

As little as six inches of moving water can knock you off your feet. Two feet of floodwater can float your car. Water moving at two miles per hour can sweep a car off a road or bridge.

If your route is blocked by barricades, find another route. Barricades are put up by state or local officials to protect travelers from unsafe roads. Driving around them can be a serious risk.

The road may be washed out below the water surface. Your vehicle may stall or get stuck in the water, and then get pushed off the road. Once off the road, vehicles often start to roll, making escape difficult or impossible. Many flood-related deaths in the United States are the result of an attempt to move a stalled vehicle.

Visit www.511ia.org; call 511 (within Iowa) or 800-288-1047 (nationwide); stay connected with 511 on Facebook or Twitter (find links at https://iowadot.gov/511/511-social-media-sites); or download the free app to your mobile device.

To receive email or text alerts about traffic incidents, road closures, traffic delays, and other restrictions that affect this highway route or other routes you travel, the Iowa DOT offers the “Your 511” option on 511ia.org. It's easy to subscribe to Your 511 and sign up to receive the email/text alerts. Visit https://iowadot.gov/511/511-full-feature-website-help/how-to-videos for simple, step-by-step instructions.