Flooding forces area roads to close - KMOV.com

Flooding forces area roads to close

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – The continuing rain has forced some area roads to be closed due to flooding.

Rain began falling earlier in the week and is expected to continue throughout Friday, with a chance it will stop on Saturday before picking back up again Sunday.

Around 1 p.m. Friday, officials announced that Marshall Road has been closed due to flooding and detour signs have been placed by St. Louis County Highway at Big Bend and Tree Court Lane.

Around 11 a.m. Friday crews closed U.S. 50 in Lebanon, Illinois. 

Up to a dozen homes have flooded in south St. Louis near Maplewood.

As of Friday morning, according to the Missouri Department of Transportation, flooding in Lincoln County was seen on Highway 79 at J.J. and Highway BB & Highway H, near the north fork of Cuivre River.

Flooding in Pike County was seen on State Route P near Highway 79.

In St. Charles County water forced a section of State Route 94 closed in both directions between Dwiggins and Fettes Road in the Portage Des Sioux area. Water also forced sections of Outer Road 67, State Route B and state Route C to close.

Flooded roadways also closed a section of State Route K near Highway 185 in Franklin County.

In the Valley Park area, near the Meramec River, crews are monitoring Interstate 44 at Highway 141 as the river continues to rise. Currently, the roadway is open but crews said the once the river level hits 19 it will be at a moderate flood level.

Thursday afternoon Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency in Missouri due to the continued heavy rain, flooding and flash-flooding.

The Governor issued a list of safety tips for residents and motorists to stay safe, including:

  • Do not walk through moving water. Six inches of moving water can make you fall. If you have to walk in water, walk where the water is not moving. Use a stick to check the firmness of the ground in front of you.

  • Do not drive into flooded areas. If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground if you can do so safely. You and the vehicle can be quickly swept away. Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars, causing loss of control and possible stalling.
  • A foot of water will float many vehicles. Two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles, including sport utility vehicles and pick-ups. Even if the water appears shallow enough to cross, don't try it. Water hides dips in the road. Worse yet, there may be no road at all under the water. Flooding can scour away the entire road surface and a significant amount of ground beneath.

Disaster and shelter information is available by dialing the 211 service, which is now available throughout Missouri.

Click here for an updated list of roads closed from MoDOT.

Click here for a list of emergency road closures from IDOT.

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