UPDATED: April 29 at 1:39 p.m.
With the possibility of a flood of record on the Lower Mississippi River, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is implementing a region-wide plan to reduce outflows from reservoirs located on tributaries to the Mississippi River. All Corps of Engineers reservoirs with the ability to impact Lower Mississippi River flood stages are evaluating water releases to minimize impacts to communities along the River.
To assist in reducing Lower Mississippi River flood stages, Lake Red Rock outflows are being held at 10,000 cubic feet per second and may be reduced further as needed. Reduced outflows will continue for approximately seven to 14 days to reduce Des Moines River flows into the Mississippi River. This reduction will increase the Lake TMs pool level to about 758.5 feet or higher depending on the duration of reduced flow and future rainfall and inflow into the reservoir during the reduction.
In response to the Lake Red Rock reduction, Saylorville Lake TMs outflow is also being reduced to balance storage between the reservoirs. Saylorville Lake's pool is expected to rise to 854.7 feet or higher depending on the duration of reduced flow and future rainfall and inflow into the reservoir during the reduction.
Reduction in reservoir outflows across the Mississippi River basin will help to reduce flood heights along the Lower Mississippi River and at Cairo, Ill., which may help to prevent operation of the Birds Point-New Madrid Floodway. Operating the floodway requires the creation of artificial crevasses in the Floodway TMs levee system to divert flows of 550,000 cubic feet per second from the Mississippi River to reduce river stages in the vicinity of Cairo, with smaller reductions above Cairo and throughout the Floodway reach.
Updated information about Lake Red Rock and Saylorville Lake levels, inflows and outflows; and river levels for the Des Moines and Mississippi rivers is available on the web by visiting the Corps TM website at www.rivergages.com.
UPDATED: April 28 at 3:26 p.m.
Hannibal's compost/yard waste lot will be open Saturday morning, April 30th, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. As 7th Street is still blocked by flood waters, please use S. 9th Street to access the lot.
Also, Thursday at 4 p.m., MoDOT plans to open Route 136/61 in Clark County near Alexandria. Crews are in the process of clearing the roadway and repairing shoulders. The road has been closed in the last two weeks at various intervals due to flooding from the Mississippi River and has been closed since Friday, April 22.
Check MoDOT's Traveler Information Map at www.modot.org or call 1-888 ASK MODOT (888-275-6636) before starting a trip to the area. If you have questions about this or other transportation issues, please call MoDOT's toll-free Customer Service line at 1-888-275-6636 (1-888-ASK MODOT) during normal business hours or visit our website at www.modot.gov/northeast.
UPDATED: April 26 at 12:27 p.m.
KHQA's Melissa Shriver was able to speak with Louisiana City Administrator Bob Jenne.
He says at this point they are watching and waiting.
Flood stage is 15 ft. for Louisiana and they crested Sunday at 21.6 ft. They usually start to get worried at 22 ft.
They are watching the Noix Creek on the south side of town and the storm water drainage ditches which feed into that creek.
Louisiana has 20,000 sandbags ... 28 tons of sand ready.
We'll continue to bring you updates.
UPDATED: April 26 at 11:11 a.m.
Water is over the road where Route 79 runs through Louisiana, Mo.
UPDATED: April 25 at 12:28 p.m.
Flooding is becoming more pronounced in LaGrange, Mo. Currently water is over the roadside park and the rail road tracks are completely covered.
No one has begun sandbagging at this time.
In Alexandria, Route 136/61 at Alexandria in Clark County is still closed as water races by loudly over the pavement.
Although there are road closure signs in place, one gas station on past them is still open, even as water fast approaches it's parking lot.
We'll continue to bring you more details about flooding in area communities.
UPDATED: April 25 at 9:37 a.m.
Due to flooding, the City TMs Compost Lot on S. 7th Street will be closed until water recedes to allow access.
Brent Engle reports that a two-block section of Highway 79 is closed on the south side of Louisiana. Mississippi River flooding has forced water to back up in the town branch. Several businesses and homes are affected.
One business, LA Laundry, had the help of 15 volunteers in clearing out and put its machines and putting them on trucks. Motorists are able to detour around the blocked section on South Main Street and then continue north or south.
Also, Clarksville has erected a three-foot-tall, three-foot-wide metal floodwall along a four-block section of Front Street and Howard Street, with plans to expand it if necessary. The wall is filled with sand, and sandbags can be added on top.
On Sunday, the water was just east of the railroad tracks, so it hadn TMt gotten into town. The only places flooding had gotten were the Clarksville Boat Club, Riverfront Park and a few houses south of town.
The city has 80,000 sandbags (nowhere near the 1 million that were used during the Flood of 2008) and 10,000 tons of sand on order. Many business people are taking turns staffing the volunteer site and contributing other needs. The sandbag site is along Highway 79 near Mary Queen of Peach Catholic Church on the south side of town. Volunteers likely will be needed later in the week.
Meanwhile, Highway 79 is closed at the south edge of Clarksville near Eagle TMs Bluff Golf Course.
We have a few important road notices to pass because of flooding around the Tri-States.
Clark County, Missouri:
U.S. 61 south and Route B north are closed.
Hancock County Illinois:
1st Street at Oak and Osage in Dallas City is closed.1st Street at Sycamore in Dallas City is closed.
In Warsaw...Water street from the 200 to the 700 block is closed.
Warren Barrett Drive is closed at Fourth Street...and South Main Street is closed to thru traffic at Bear Creek Bridge.
Hannibal drivers should also note that there were overnight reports of water on Ely street.