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MITCHELL COUNTY, IA – No matter what you use to fill up, once the tank is full; you want to be able to get right where you’re going.
Thanks to severe storms this Spring, several area roads, including Highway 9 in Mitchell County, have been impassable.
But good news is here.
This small town of Mitchell, residents have seen their fair share of people stopping through all because Highway 9 has been closed.
“Oh my goodness, this highway here is very busy with everybody tractors, semis, you name it it’s here,” said Gwen Cordes.
Gwen works at Mick’s Town Pump, and says having the highway out of service has been good for business.
“Oh I’m sure we’ve picked up a few that says we didn’t even know you were here, and they enjoyed the food and definitely be back so that’s good,” said Gwen.
But she’s also ready for Highway 9 to be up and running once more.
“The traffic don’t bother us but with the gas prices, it will be a lot better once its open so we don’t have to go everybody out of their way,” said Gwen.
And while some think of the road closure as a big pain, others are finding some humor in the situation.
Dave Walters at Roy’s Body Shop decided after seeing multiple cars turning around that maybe some folks just needed one more sign.
“I like to walk through life with a sense of humor and in bad situations I just as well make the best of it. Due to the heavy traffic there was a kind of concern at first as people were big trucks and everything were going by at highway speed,” said Watlers.
He says over the past two months, he’s been doing his best to look at the brighter side of things.
“Makes us light- hearted as there goes another one. One of the catch phrases around here is we’ll just run into town and get one which is normally a three-minute trip which turned into an eight minutes one way and eleven minutes the other,” said Walters.
But both Dave and Gwen are happy to see it all coming to an end.
“Make me appreciate people who live out in the country and what they go through everyday to get to town,” said Walters.
“Awesome, no more going around,” said Gwen.
Highway 9 reopened at two o clock Thursday afternoon.