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post #91 of 101
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Originally Posted by babyharley View Post
Its really scary because we have many bridges in my area that go across the Mississippi, and they had investigators on all of them last night because they are the same type of bridge that collapsed yesterday.

Its really scary because we go across those bridges daily
Yes, the local news repoerted from the twin bridges we have that cross the Ohio between Evansville, Indiana and Henderson, Kentucky. One span is undergoing maintenance and local engineers are assuring us they are okay. The oldest bridge just turned 70 this year.

In the news today I read that the way the bridge collapsed may have reduced the death toll.
post #92 of 101
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Originally Posted by Pat & Alix View Post
What the heck does that mean I was watching tv, saw the breaking news, have customers and other ties to the state, and I cared about the horror I was seeing. I thought maybe folks here on the forum might not yet have heard about it since the channel I was watching had the only live footage on air at that time.

geesh.
Another Minnesota person here...
I don't think she meant anything offendsive, but was just surprised that the bridge collapse became national news so quickly.

I'm still kind of confused about exactly which bridge has collapased. There's a bridge that we always cross when we come into Minneapolis from the south, and it's the same type of bridge, so I'm not sure if this is the one that has collapased or not. But I have to say that I never ever thought while crossing that bridge that it might fall... but now I will.

Scamper Farms: I'm so glad you weren't on the bridge when it fell, and I'm also glad that those here who were concerned about loved ones were able to get good news.

UPDATE: This morning there are 5 people confirmed dead and this death toll will rise. From what I understand, there are as many as 30 bodies still in the water because the divers haven't been able to reach them due to dangerous conditions.

Please keep those families who are still waiting for news in your thoughts and prayers.
post #93 of 101
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Originally Posted by Lorie D. View Post
Another Minnesota person here...
I don't think she meant anything offendsive, but was just surprised that the bridge collapse became national news so quickly.

I'm still kind of confused about exactly which bridge has collapased. There's a bridge that we always cross when we come into Minneapolis from the south, and it's the same type of bridge, so I'm not sure if this is the one that has collapased or not. But I have to say that I never ever thought while crossing that bridge that it might fall... but now I will.

Scamper Farms: I'm so glad you weren't on the bridge when it fell, and I'm also glad that those here who were concerned about loved ones were able to get good news.

UPDATE: This morning there are 5 people confirmed dead and this death toll will rise. From what I understand, there are as many as 30 bodies still in the water because the divers haven't been able to reach them due to dangerous conditions.

Please keep those families who are still waiting for news in your thoughts and prayers.

When I was watching the news last night (this is all thats on...) and they said there are people that have died in their cars underwater yet, because parts of the bridge has fallen on their cars, and with the current and the huge pieces of cement bridge on top of the cars, its impossible to get them out yet
post #94 of 101
They don't think there will be that many dead (as predicted) - they lowered the count on missing people. Yes some are in the cars, but its probably only one in the car.

They are not sure how many cars are really in the river. DH says they were gonna be draining some of the water so that it will lower the river level about 4-5 feet and they can see better.
post #95 of 101
I just wanted to pass along my condolences to the families and friends of those who lost loved ones and to wish a speedy recovery for those who were injured.

On a side note, this bridge scored only a 50 out of 120 and was still deemed as safe to use? I'm no math whiz but that is well less than a 50% rating, which to me is unsafe. You really have to question an evaluation system that says a rating such as the one above doesn't mean there is a risk of failure even though it's labeled as "structurally deficient". Bridges are designed to handle a certain amount of vehicle traffic of vehicle traffic in a given day. There is a lot more traffic on the roads now than there was when this bridge was built. The Brent Spence bridge here in Cincinnati was built in, I believe, 1960, and was meant to handle 60-70,000 vehicles a day. Today there are more than 140,000 that cross it every day. With a bridge rating only 50 out of 120 and being structurally deficient, sooner or later something has to give. The sad thing is there are probably thousands of other bridges in a similar condition as this one was. I have to take serious issue with White House Spokesman Tony Snow when he states "this does not mean there was a risk of failure" and "or that the national system of inspecting bridges needs to be reevaluated." Obviously, it does.
post #96 of 101
After seeing it on TV and reading about it, it still a shock..
Many prayers are going out to the whole state, and to the families affected.
post #97 of 101
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Originally Posted by Lorie D. View Post
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I'm still kind of confused about exactly which bridge has collapased. There's a bridge that we always cross when we come into Minneapolis from the south, and it's the same type of bridge, so I'm not sure if this is the one that has collapased or not.
If you have Google Earth, here are the coordinates...

44º58'44.04" N
93º14'42.10" W
post #98 of 101
An unfortunate problem in Google Earth is the the ommission of elevation data for certain surface features like bridges as the following picture from G.E. already shows the bridge down (as well as the others). For some bridges such as Royal Gorge Bridge in Colorado, this is real bizzarre situation.


Noth is up.
post #99 of 101
A friend of ours lives just outside Minneapolis and uses this bridge with some regularity, but was (thankfully) sitting at home in front of his TV when this happened. He sent us this link to photos.
post #100 of 101
Oh Fran Thank God your friend was not on that bridge! Those pics really put the devastation into prospective. It is amazing how that steel and concrete looks like something that could so easily break......... How sad for this community. Continued prayers and vibes for them all.
post #101 of 101
hi,

i'm new to this site but am from minneapolis. it was so terible when it happened.

i was flying with my boyfriend's dad in his cool old waco and we saw the dust and water and stuff go up in the air when it fell downe.

it was horible. my mom was going too the twins game and we were afraid she was kiled. we couldn't of called her from the plane so we had to wait until we could land to call her cell.

thank god she was okay. my prayers go to every1 else who lost some1 that bad day.
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