Missouri flooding causes road closures around St. Louis - KMOV.com

Missouri flooding causes road closures around St. Louis

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Midwestern flooding is usually associated with the spring or summer, but heavy rain last week is causing rivers to spill over their banks in parts of Missouri and Illinois.

The Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio and Meramec rivers are among those above flood stage. The President Casino, near the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, closed Sunday because high water blocked the entrance.

The most significant flooding on the Mississippi will be at Cape Girardeau, where the river is expected to reach 9 feet above flood stage midweek. No major problems are expected because Cape Girardeau has a flood wall.

The Meramec was expected to reach 11 feet above flood stage at Valley Park, Mo., near St. Louis, which could close a section of busy Route 141.

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