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Marjorie Jackson from Norfolk, VA on 4/7/2021 7:55:16 AM:
In guidebooks I read about flooded sections of the trail requiring detours (and other kinds of detours). We are biking the entire trail next week - any flooded out areas or detours we should expect? Thanks and we are excited.

 
Gary from Near Tebbetts on 4/7/2021 8:27:10 AM:
I live about 8 miles east of the North Jefferson trailhead and we have a thunderstorm going on right now. It’s not suppose to produce a lot of rain that would cause flooding, just lighting and thunder. You never know what to expect, that’s the adventure.

 
BK from Columbia,MO on 4/7/2021 10:35:20 AM:
Major detour issue on the Katy resulting in a detour is on the Salt Bridge collapse during the flooding in June 2019. Between Rocheport and New Freedom your options are fording the creek at the bridge wash out or a dangerous detour on Hwy 40 for about 2 miles. High volume traffic for this area, two lanes, no shoulder and those wonderful rumble strips right on the fog line and off the road on the right. The fording option is best if no rain for a while. The ford is actually partially paved, thank you farmers. Best of Luck, Katy is awesome!!

 
Marjorie Jackson from Norfolk, VA on 4/8/2021 7:58:09 AM:
Thanks BK!!! How deep does it get when you ford the creek, and has anyone forded it lately? (Sounds like there was a storm yesterday?)

 
Mark from Lee's Summit on 4/8/2021 3:22:02 PM:
I urge you to join the Fans of the Katy Trail Group on Facebook. On that Facebook page, you can go to Media and Videos and see actual videos of people using the low water crossing at the Salt Creek bridge. This low water crossing can be: dry with hard packed slopes (if it hasn't rained in several weeks), slightly muddy slopes with 1 inch of water in the creek, or 6 inches of water in the creek and muddy slopes that you and your bike will sink 9 inches deep. The huge rock slide blocking the Katy Trail 2 miles west of Portland has an easy 1 mile on road detour and you can zoom in with Google Maps and see it and the detour clearly. If you look at the Salt Creek bridge on Google Maps, it incorrectly shows it still undamaged and in place, but it does clearly show the low water crossing that is used to access the conservation area in the floodplain.