This is the Sutliff Bridge just a few hours before it's collapse.

Sutliff Bridge

My grandpa John Nost took these pictures in Sutliff on June 13, 2008 at 8:55 AM. This was just a few hours before the bridge collapsed. He took these pictures to show us just how high the water was getting, and when he stopped by to show us we found out that part of the bridge gave out.

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jude smith says ... on Friday, Jun 13 at 2:52 PM

Thanks for the pics. This is a terrible loss. Do you have any pics of the bridge after it collapsed?

Oldbiker says ... on Friday, Jun 13 at 2:54 PM

Good-bye, old bridge. You'll be missed. Time for someone to compose a ballad.

J.J. Longerbeam says ... on Friday, Jun 13 at 2:57 PM

My grandparents Jim and Bonnie Longerbeam owned Sutliff for years. I have a lot of great memories there. I wanted to let Randy know we're thinking about him and the Sutliff Community. J.J.

Noah says ... on Friday, Jun 13 at 3:03 PM

Did anyone witness the collapse? Or did rising water force everyone to retreat beyond view? Some homes near the water must have been ruined or washed away entirely. The tavern may survive, but there's not much way to replace the bridge.

Amy Farmer-Bortz says ... on Friday, Jun 13 at 4:18 PM

Thanks for the pictures; my husband Carl Bortz is from there and he is currently serving military duty overseas in the desert--sent these to him so he could see. We actually have framed pictures of the bridge in our home. Terrible loss and sadness

S.Hayes says ... on Friday, Jun 13 at 9:09 PM

I lived in Washington,IA. for twelve years.I have a lot of great memories of Iowa.I live in Charleston,S.C.,now.I still have Family throughout Iowa.My heart truly breaks for everyone That this 2008 Flood has,and will effect.May God keep ya'll safe.

sutlifflover says ... on Saturday, Jun 14 at 10:09 AM

My heart aches - in the wake of all the devastation, this event hit home. Sutliff WILL survive - too many memories live on for so many. Bridge or no bridge, we will continue to support Sutliff. Tried to get in and help but had no access -

Jessica says ... on Saturday, Jun 14 at 6:14 PM

I remember driving over that old bridge as a child scared to death! It's been a part of my whole life. I will miss it, thanks for the pics.

magz says ... on Monday, Jun 16 at 8:34 AM


Sutliff folks says ... on Tuesday, Jun 17 at 10:40 AM

Yes, people were there when the bridge was very sad. They saved the bar/store...and are working hard to get it pumped out and cleaned up...I know you wont forget this little slice of heaven hope to see you this summer again like always

linda herman says ... on Wednesday, Jun 18 at 8:12 PM

ode to the sutliff bridge on youtube. song and pics. This made the floods really hit home for me. I live in California but still have my iowa roots.

Pink Hat Lady says ... on Friday, Jan 28 at 9:52 AM

They should NOT re--build it!

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