KHQA Floodwatch notes
Thu, 03 Jul 2014 19:57:47 GMT —
KHQA is keeping a close eye on the Mississippi River and communities affected by flooding in the Tri-States.
Flood Warnings have been issued by the National Weather Service in Lee, Henry and Des Moines Counties in Iowa; in Clark, Lewis, Marion, Ralls and Pike Counties in Missouri and in Henderson, Hancock, Schuyler, Adams, Brown, Cass, Pike, Scott and Morgan Counties in Illinois.
Steve Cirinna with Lee County Emergency Management says they will be watching any rainfall that could occur over the weekend. If rain falls in the Tri-State area, they believe all will be ok for us. If the rain falls north of the Tri-States it could affect local river levels.
The following routes are closed in NE Missouri due to flooding along the Mississippi River. MoDOT reminds motorists it is dangerous to drive into water-covered roads.
Clark County:US 61 - at Alexandria approximately 2.4 miles east of US 136 near the Des Moines River Bridge - it could reopen next week, officials say.
Lewis County:Route B - Flood Gates installed just north of Canton; road closed from MO 16 in Canton to US 61Route B - on Business Route 61 North through areas of LaGrange
Marion County:Route 79 - south of Hannibal has reopened; south of Louisiana, Missouri is still closed.
Route E at Saverton is now open after being closed due to flooding of the Mississippi River.
Pike County:(MO 79 closed at the following locations from south of Louisiana to south of Clarksville)US 54 - Champ Clark Bridge is back to one lane open over the Mississippi River at Louisiana.MO 79 - city of Louisiana low areas from S. Carolina St. to Delaware St. near Buffalo Creek to .62 miles south of Route DMO 79 - south of Louisiana - Low area 1 mile north and south of Route N junction. 16 miles north of Route N to .4 mile south of Route NRoute N - flooding at the junction of MO 79 at the north edge of Clarksville; there is no access from Route N to MO 79; Route N is officially closed from Pike County Road 234 east to MO 79, use Route W to access MO 79 into ClarksvilleMO 79 - south of Clarksville - Low areas south of Route W in city limits of Clarksville; flooding reported beginning at Route W south to just south of the city limits of Clarksville near Eagles Bluff Golf CourseRoute P - east of levee at the Mississippi River Access
Ralls County:Route E - from MO 79 east to Lock and Dam 22 at Saverton - an emergency road has been set up for people in a nearby subdivision to get in and out safely.
The town of Pontoosuc, Illinois is underwater just off of Hwy 96.
The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for the Illinois River at Havana, affecting Brown, Cass, Morgan, and Schuyler Counties.
Flood warnings continue along the Mississippi River from affecting Canton, Quincy, Hannibal, Saverton, Louisiana, Clarksville, and points south all the way to Alton, Illinois.
Andy Williams from Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) says tracks south of Quincy are closed and reroutes are underway. Once the water recedes, there will be inspection crews making repairs and they will do everything as quickly as possible to restore service. Twenty to twenty-five trains per day are currently affected. They carry coal, grain, and mixed freight.District Superintendent Mike Reed said the Sny Island Levee Drainage District is in good shape. He said crews filled sandbags as a precautionary measure but are cautiously optimistic.
IDOT has announced the closure of the Brussels and Kampsville Ferry Operations on the Illinois River due to high water.
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