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Evacuation of West Alton underway as levee is over-topped

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WEST ALTON (KMOV.com) -

WEST ALTON, Mo. (KMOV.com) - Residents of West Alton, Missouri are being evacuated due to the over-topping of the Consolidated North County Levee on the Mississippi River.

On Monday, authorities issued a voluntary evacuation request, but on Tuesday said flooding of the city was imminent.

Kathy Wunderlich, resident of West Alton, says she is bracing for the worst as she tries to get as much as she can from her house before flood waters sweep it all away.

"We emptied out our basement of anything important, which is strictly storage anyway. We cleaned out the house of clothes. Things that can't be replaced. Important pieces of furniture," said Wunderlich.

In Alton, city crews are working tirelessly laying down sandbags to build a wall to keep flood waters out. 

Also on Tuesday, Highway 94 is compromised. Drivers commuting from Illinois to Missouri via Route 67 will need to find another route Monday as MoDOT announced it will close the roadway at 10 a.m. due to flooding as the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers converge in that area of St. Charles County.

Officials said the southbound lanes beginning at the Clark Bridge in Alton, Illinois to Route 94 in West Alton, Missouri will be closed until further notice.

Northbound lanes will remain open as crews determine if one lane of traffic should move in each direction.

Stay tuned to News 4 and KMOV.com for further updates. 

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