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Paddlers Urged to Avoid Portion of Des Moines River Near Boone

BOONE – Kayakers and canoeists are warned to avoid a popular stretch of the Des Moines River in Boone County following the partial collapse of an historic bridge Thursday afternoon.

The west side of the Wagon Wheel Bridge collapsed into the water Thursday afternoon. The bridge is located southwest of Boone and just north of the Kate Shelley High Bridge on the Des Moines River and was damaged from flowing ice.

Because the fallen bridge is creating a hazard, canoeists and kayakers are being urged to avoid the area until it can be cleaned up.