COUNCIL BLUFFS — For the safety of hikers and bikers, certain trails in Council Bluffs are closed come nightfall.
City Attorney Richard Wade said trails damaged by this summer's flooding or with flood-related equipment across the path could present problems after dark.
"We don't want anybody in an accident," he said.
Several weeks ago, most of the trails closed because of the flood were reopened, along with the Iowa side of the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge.
However, because of the damage and equipment that remains in place, city officials felt it was important to close them at dark to avoid injuries, Parks Director Larry Foster said.
On some of the trails, hose lines for pumping water from the dry side of the levee to the wet side are on the surface of the trail but covered with asphalt, creating a hump that might not be seen in the dark, Foster said.
"In some places these humps are 2 feet high," he said.
Rough areas and cracking in some spots also can present nighttime hazards.
The areas that are closed at dark are posted with signs.
It's possible that bikes with headlights may be allowed on the trails after dark, but that decision hasn't yet been made, Foster said.