Some rivers receding, but Mississippi River remains high

Cheryl Sanders
May 6, 2017

Nine shelters are in place as hundreds of people in the area have been evacuated, said Peggy Barnhart of the Red Cross.

"Many of the rivers in these states have crested or (are) nearing crest and remain in moderate or major flood category".

Officials also said in the post that those living to the west of Highway 67 to "reconsider evacuation NOW".

Kneuvean says the Army Corps has reduced water releases from the Kansas City district's 18 reservoirs to lower the risk of downstream flooding. "Right now, our area is at the highest risk that we can be". Crews with the Missouri Department of Transportation removed the barricades shortly after three Thursday afternoon for westbound Interstate 44. The northbound lanes remained open during the closure and will remain open.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — River levels are falling Thursday after record and near-record flooding in parts of the Midwest, but the crisis is far from over.

"Decide which side of the river you want to sleep on tonight because you're not getting to the other side", Moore said.

Four St. Louis County school districts were closed Wednesday, citing concerns about student safety and transportation in the event of flooding. All work zones have been suspended on this detour to allow for optimal traffic flow.

That's concerning in levee-protected towns.

Also shut down are Route 94 from Augusta to Defiance in St. Charles County. "Don't drown turn around, if you see standing water don't drive through it whatsoever". "We're doing the job that we are expected to get done".

Still, the closures of various other roads caused snarls and logistical problems in the area.

"The Mississippi River at St. Louis is expected to reach a top five crest on record Saturday, about 12 feet above flood stage, just below the crest from January 2016", Erdman said. Residents aren't breathing easy yet: More rain on Thursday will keep the river high for several days.

"I expect that it's going to be through this week that I-44 will be closed".

In Villa Grove, toward the eastern part of IL, officials said they had prepared boats for possible rescues and police were ready to block off streets in case of flooding, according to CNN affiliate WCIA.

The National Weather Services is forecasting crests Wednesday morning in the Missouri River at Gasconade and Hermann.

I-55 is expected to stay closed the rest of the week.

The soaked levee did hold, and Mayor Michael Pennise said Thursday that residents could return starting at 8 a.m. Friday.

A mudslide in southwest IL badly damaged a home and closed a road in Caseyville, near St. Louis. Route 109, south of Interstate 44 remains closed. While the floods are tragic, the rain's overall effect on the Midwest landscape is stunning. They said they usually can't leave home until the water recedes.

Route 47 is now closed from Missouri River Bridge at Washington, (Franklin County) north to Marthasville.

A new round of rain pounded Missouri on Wednesday, paralyzing a region already suffering from swollen rivers and flooded streets after a heavy downpour last week.

The St. Louis County Office of Emergency Management issued a flood warning until 5 p.m. Wednesday. And in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Southeast Missouri State University football players joined other volunteers filling sandbags to protect homes outside the floodwall that guards most of the city. Blair said the agency hopes to have those paths open by the weekend. The detour in St. Louis is taking up to two hours to go 30 miles.

"I have a daughter who has special needs who has appointments at the hospital and it was nearly impossible to for us to be able to get help", she said. She said officials will continue to assess the road situation and its impact on staff in the coming days.

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