Low-lying roads are covered in flood water in Sunset Hills, Missouri on May 1, 2017. Flood waters from rivers across the state of Missouri are forcing officials to close roads and people to move. So far 350 roads have closed. Bill Greenblatt/UPI
Skyzoom4 over flooding in Old Monroe Monday morning (Credit: KMOV)
Flooding in Eureka Tuesday (Credit: KMOV)
Road signs and floodwaters in Valley Park Wednesday (Credit: KMOV)
ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – Heavy rains over the weekend have caused flooding in parts of the News 4’s viewing area.
Rising Meramec River
Sunday night, MoDOT closed Route 141 at Interstate 44 in Valley Park due to the rising waters of the Meramec River. The roadway is expected to be closed a majority of the week. An alternate route for drivers who take Route 141 is Interstate 270 and drivers who take Interstate 44 should use Interstate 70.
Early Tuesday morning, MoDOT closed Interstate 44 from Interstate 270 in South County through Gray Summit. MoDOT officials said Route 100 would become the new Interstate 44 during the closure. Both directions of the interstate were reopened Thursday afternoon.
Wednesday, MoDOT crews closed the southbound lanes of Interstate 55 from Butler Hill to Route 141 due to the flooding. The lanes reopened early Thursday morning.
In addition to the road closure, the flooding forced residents in Valley Park to evacuate. Mayor Michael Pennise said the city issued a mandatory evacuation order beginning Monday at 8 a.m. On Tuesday, the National Guard was stationed at both entrances to the town.
Crews from the State Emergency Management Agency, State Highway Patrol, Missouri National Guard and the state's Task Force 1 Rescue Unit were deployed on land, water and in the sky to save lives and protect property.
Emergency crews respond to rising waters
Saturday night, a couple and their grandson were rescued from their vehicle in Wentzville. Officials said the group attempted to drive through water on the road when their vehicle got stuck. All three were checked by medical crews and reportedly had no injuries.
Sunday evening, the body of an elderly man was found in the flood waters in Jefferson County. Clifford Brandt, 79, reportedly went to take photos of the flood waters when he was swept away. His body was later found along Highway BB and Mimi Mountain Road.
The Red Cross also has a shelter open at the TriCounty Senior Center in Pacific, First Baptist Church in Anderson and the Branson United Methodist Church in Branson.
The United Way's 2-1-1 Helpline is open for residents impacted the heavy rains and floods. The helpline is staffed 24/7 to help those impacted to find resources and services in their area. For more details, residents should 2-1-1 or visit 211helps.org.
The Missouri Department of Health is coordinating with St. Louis County to give free tetanus shots to people exposed to the water, including sandbaggers. Anyone needing a tetanus shot could contact the St. Louis County Department of Health at 314-615-0600.