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Flooding collapses key railroad bridge on Iowa-South Dakota border

The incident has led to rerouting of all trains via Creston, Iowa.

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Brandon Martin and Katie Copple reported on how severe flooding has collapsed a crucial railroad bridge on the BNSF rail line for KTIV. The collapse has cut a major transportation link between Iowa and South Dakota. The Big Sioux River's rising waters caused the bridge to partially collapse late Sunday night, around 11 p.m., with further sinking throughout Monday.

The collapse on the North Sioux City side will disrupt rail traffic for months. All trains are being rerouted via Creston, Iowa. BNSF has been monitoring the area and had ceased operations over the bridge as a precaution.

Residents are advised to avoid the area as recovery operations are underway. Nearby North Sioux City and McCook Lake also experienced severe flooding, leading to evacuations and significant property damage.

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