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News Release

March 21, 2019

Students, employees urged to take precautions amid flooding

Northwest Missouri State University urges its community to take precautions as the University heads into its spring break week and students and employees make travel plans amid widespread flooding affecting the region.

As a result of flooding, Interstate 29 is closed from mile marker 57, just north of St. Joseph, Missouri, and the Interstate 229 and U.S. 71 intersection to Council Bluffs, Iowa, until further notice. In addition, all Missouri River bridge crossings between St. Joseph and the area of Council Bluffs and Omaha, Nebraska, are closed. The Missouri Department of Transportation urges motorists to detour to I-35, although heavy truck traffic has been reported on the two-lane portion of U.S. Highway 71 north of Maryville.

The flooding is expected to continue for several days and present challenges for Northwest students and employees traveling to and from Maryville. The Northwest community is encouraged to monitor Department of Transportation agency websites and social media as well as local media outlets for updates related to road conditions.

Northwest Facility Services provided assistance this week to Holt County by loading and transporting wood pallets to be used in transporting sand bags.

“I know, for many of us, our hearts are heavy this week as we’ve traveled through impacted areas, watched video clips and read about the devastating flooding affecting Nebraska, Iowa and our corner of the world in Missouri,” Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski wrote in a message to employees today. “Please know our admissions team has reached out to accepted students potentially impacted by the floods, a variety of groups are seeking and providing support to current students, and we are monitoring and discussing other ways we can assist and offer support.”


Residence halls open to on-campus students

Northwest has waived its spring break housing fees for students whose homes and travel routes are directly affected by flooding, allowing those students to stay in their campus residence halls for free during the week. 

Students who wish to request a housing waiver for the week should email Scott Shields, assistant director of operations, at with their name, 919 number, home address and a summary of their situation.


Flood precautions

Floods can occur anywhere, with floodwaters rising gradually or flash floods striking suddenly. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, flash floods are the No. 1 weather-related killer in the United States with most flood fatalities occurring when people attempt to drive through powerful waters that overtake their vehicles.

Follow the tips below to stay safe in your car during a flood.


Dr. Mark Hornickel
Administration Building
Room 215