Bridge In Iowa Completely Covered In Flies, More Plagues Possible

I’m not sure what the hell people in Sabula, Iowa are doing, but they seem to have pissed off the Almighty an awful lot, because this infestation of shadflies (or mayflies, if you’re nasty) sure seems like some Biblical-grade plague shit. This video is from the Iowa DOT’s Facebook page, and it’s cringe-inducing.


The DOT has warned the people of Sabula (a town named after that camel-monster/podracer from the Star Wars prequels, sources tell me) to be careful when crossing the bridge, since all the crushed mayfly goo is making everything slick. They also have been plowing the shadflies away.


It’s not clear what happened to the officer who left the car in that video, presumably to arrest/intimidate some of the flies, but I think we can reasonably assume he was skeletonized in seconds.

So, to recap: Sabula, Iowa is gone. Dead to us. The flies have it. Maybe if we let them keep it, they’ll leave us alone.

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Meh... We get these every year off of Lake St. Clair (North of Detroit). every June and July. We call them a “fish fly”. The town I grew up in gets smothered with them for a few weeks every summer and they even hold the Fish Fly Festival in June.

When I first got my license, I thought it would be pretty kicakss to do donuts in a parking lot full of them one night. It was fun, like sliding on ice, bu the next morning my car stunk like a thousand dead fish. Obviously, I never did that again.