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      Flood Watch 2011

      4/19/11 -- Photo submitted via Facebook by Chuck Six, Hancock County, CR1530 in DallasCity, taken at Dead Man's Curve / Chuck Six

      UPDATED: May 9 at 11:00 a.m.

      Good news in this Flood Watch 2011 report. The Mississippi River at Hannibal's riverfront continues to steadily drop.

      At 9 Monday morning the river was at 18.7 feet and falling, but still at moderate flood stage.

      Despite remaining above the 16 foot flood stage, the city of Hannibal has removed it's flood gates.

      All five of the flood gates were out by Monday afternoon

      The Mississippi is expected to drop back below flood stage late next week.

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      UPDATED: April 25 at 12:33 p.m.

      Catch all the latest flooding details in our new story here .

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      UPDATED: April 22 at 2:57 p.m.

      Friday afternoon, April 22 at approximately 3:00 p.m., MoDOT will close Route 136/61 at Alexandria in Clark County due to rising water from the Mississippi River.

      The water was at the edge of the roadway this morning and is continuing to rise onto the road due to the amount of rainfall north of the area. It is anticipated to be reopened to traffic this weekend.

      Detour signs are in place to advise motorists of alternate routes.

      MoDOT reminds motorists that it is dangerous to drive into water-covered roads. Crews will continue to monitor these highways and will not reopen until safe passage is possible. The roadway will be opened to motorists as soon as the floodwater recedes and the roadway has been cleared for safe travel.

      Check MoDOT's Traveler Information Map at www.modot.org or call MoDOT's toll-free Customer Service line at 1-888-275-6636 (1-888-ASK MODOT) during normal business hours or visit their website at www.modot.gov/northeast .

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      UPDATED: April 22 at 11:51 a.m.

      Emergency Services Director John Hark is worried about flash flooding in Hannibal on Friday.

      Friday morning he toured the south end where flash flooding occured last year.

      Hark said conditions "looked good", but that he was keeping an eye on the situation and monitoring rain runoff.

      Quincy Mayor John Spring said the city is keeping a watchful eye on the river, but was more concerned about losing power to the water filter plant than flooding at this time.

      He said they aren't worried about river levels until the flood stage gets to 25 feet.

      The city has plenty of sand and sandbags stockpiled but won't need to commence that operation until the river reaches approximately 28 feet.

      Spring said Friday, April 22 that the top priority right now was keeping the city's drinking water safe.

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      UPDATED: April 21 at 9:31 a.m.

      This morning, Thursday, April 21 at 9 a.m., MoDOT will open Route 61/136 at Alexandria. The road was closed Wednesday evening due to flooding. Today, the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers at Knoxville, Iowa informed MoDOT they have stopped releasing water, which is why the flood water has receded at Alexandria.

      The Mississippi River could continue to see minor flooding over the weekend as a result of released water from the Red Rock Dam in central Iowa near Knoxville on the Des Moines River. Due to increased inflow into Lake Red Rock from its 12,323 square-mile watershed on the Des Moines River, pool levels will continue to rise as flood waters are stored. Depending on additional rainfall and increased inflow into the lake, releases could be increased causing minor flooding to continue off and on closing Route 61 at Alexandria over the next few days. MoDOT will set up detours if needed.

      The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will notify MoDOT when increased outflows from Lake Red Rock will result in minor flooding closing the road at Alexandria.

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      UPDATED: April 20 at 3:00 p.m.

      MoDOT will close Route 136/61 at Alexandria in Clark County due to rising water from the Mississippi River. The road on the east side of the bridge is also being closed by Iowa DOT.

      The water was at the edge of the roadway this morning and is continuing to rise onto the road. Due to the amount of rainfall north of the area it is uncertain when the road will open to traffic.

      Route 136/61 traffic normally going across the Des Moines River Bridge near Keokuk, Iowa is being directed to the Des Moines River Bridge at St. Francisville. Motorists traveling into Iowa should proceed north on Route 61 to Wayland, and continue north on Route 27 through St. Francisville into Iowa. Detour signs are in place to advise motorists of these alternate routes.

      The road along Riverview Park in Ft. Madisonwill be closed Thursday. Water is lapping at the edge of the road right now.

      This will be the first time Burlington, Ia. has used the portable flood wall barriers. It purchased the walls after the 2008 floods.

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      UPDATED: April 20 at 1:10 p.m.

      MoDOT plans to temporarily close Route 136/61 at Alexandria due to high water from heavy rain received north of the area. The Mississippi River is nearing flood stage at Alexandria and expected to cover the road later today, which is earlier than anticipated based on previous predictions from the National Weather Service Hydrographs.

      This morning, the water was at the edge of the roadway and continuing to rise at a steady pace. MoDOT crews anticipate this closure could happen sometime between 3 to 7 p.m. this evening. Due to the amount of rainfall north of the area it is uncertain when the road will open to traffic.

      Route 136/61 traffic normally going across the Des Moines River Bridge near Keokuk, Iowa is being directed to the Des Moines River Bridge at St. Francisville. Motorists traveling into Iowa should proceed north on Route 61 to Wayland, and continue north on Route 27 through St. Francisville into Iowa. Detour signs are in place to advise motorists of these alternate routes.

      MoDOT reminds motorists that it is dangerous to drive into water-covered roads. Crews will continue to monitor these highways and will not reopen until safe passage is possible. The roadway will be opened to motorists as soon as the floodwater recedes and the roadway has been cleared for safe travel.

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      UPDATED: April 20 at 12:08 p.m.

      Wednesday, April 20, MoDOT plans to temporarily close Route 136/61 at Alexandria due to high water from heavy rain received north of the area. The Mississippi River is nearing flood stage at Alexandria and expected to cover the road later Wednesday, which is earlier than anticipated based on previous predictions from the National Weather Service Hydrographs.

      This morning, the water was at the edge of the roadway and continuing to rise at a steady pace. MoDOT crews anticipate this closure could happen sometime between 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday evening. Due to the amount of rainfall north of the area it is uncertain when the road will open to traffic.

      Route 136/61 traffic normally going across the Des Moines River Bridge near Keokuk, Iowa is being directed to the Des Moines River Bridge at St. Francisville. Motorists traveling into Iowa should proceed north on Route 61 to Wayland, and continue north on Route 27 through St. Francisville into Iowa. Detour signs are in place to advise motorists of these alternate routes.

      MoDOT reminds motorists that it is dangerous to drive into water-covered roads. Crews will continue to monitor these highways and will not reopen until safe passage is possible. The roadway will be opened to motorists as soon as the floodwater recedes and the roadway has been cleared for safe travel.

      Check MoDOT's Traveler Information Map at www.modot.org or 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 .

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      UPDATED: April 20 at 10:45 a.m.

      For the first time this year Hannibal is putting all 5 flood gates in.

      The water is rising faster then expected, which means the city wants to be ready.

      Bright and early Wednesday morning, Hannibal city crews began installing the flood gates along Hannibal's riverfront.

      With the river rising so quickly, Marion County Emergency Manager Director John Hark said it was time to put all the flood gates in.

      Hark says he monitors the river 3 times a day and the city is at a level 4.

      Level 5 is full flood fight.

      Over the next couple of days, Hark says he is going to watch the storms headed our way and monitor how much rain the folks get up in Iowa.

      By this weekend Hannibal's river front is expected to be about 6 feet above flood stage.

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      UPDATED: April 20 at 9:00 a.m.

      MoDOT will be closing Route B/Business 61 when the City of Canton installs the flood gates at the levee located at the north edge of Canton, which should be by 8 a.m. Wednesday morning; the flood gates are being installed based on the National Weather Service Hydrographs predictions of water levels on the Mississippi River.

      The roadway will be opened to motorists as soon as the flood gates have been removed and the roadway has been cleared for safe travel.

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      Steve Cirinna, the Lee County Emergency Management Agency director, says the City of Ft. Madison will have to close the drive near Riverview Park that runs directly next to the river. The city may have to sandbag to prevent floodwater from reaching Captain Kirk's Marina building.

      Mike Klinger, the Vice President of the Upper Mississippi River Association says his districts are asking for levee profiles. That would give the districts an accurate measure of exactly how high each levee is. At the Hunt - Lima Levee District repair work is still incomplete from 2008 flood. Klinger says the survey work is done and he is providing the district with current profiles.

      Mike Reed with the Sny Island drainage district says his people are repositioning plastic near the tracks along east Hannibal. Reed says they are sandbagging on the north end of district to close the drainage tube.

      Hannibal Emergency Management Director John Hark says the National Weather Service has released new flood predictions. Based on the new information Hark plans to set all five floodgates Wednesday morning. The Mississippi River is expected to rise to 20.6 feet early Thursday. It will continue to rise to 22.6 feet by April 25.

      The Missouri Department of Transportation says it's keeping an eye on the Mississippi River near Alexandria Missouri. If the river continues to rise, US 61 that goes through Clark County and into Keokuk Iowa could be forced to close. There is a flood control meeting Thursday night April 21st at the Niota Illinois Fire Department. It begins at seven p.m.

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