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River flooding prompts U.S. Highway 61 to close

U.S. 61 Flooded - KHQA

As rain remains in the forecast, so does the threat for flooded roadways.

U.S. Highway 61 is closed neared Alexandria, Missouri due to the Mississippi and Des Moines Rivers jumping their banks.

There is no estimated time of reopening the highway, as river levels aren't expected to crest until October 16th.

While water on roadways may look shallow, the National Weather Services urges drivers to "turn around, don't drown."

According to the National Weather Service, it only takes six inches of rushing water to sweep an average person off their feet. It only takes a foot of water to float most vehicles.

While river levels continue to rise, some Alexandria residents are fearing the worst.

"I mean I live in a fifth wheel, but I mean I got some good people around me and I know if I have to get out, I can get out. I don't have to worry about that. But I am worried," said Marcus Brittain, Alexandria resident.

The Mississippi River is expected to crest near Keokuk at 21.1 feet by the morning of October 16th, which is considered to be major flood stage.

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