Authorities say more than 180 Missouri roads are closed because of flooding.
The Missouri State Department of Transportation says the closures include eastbound lanes of Interstate 70 in St. Charles County. Lanes in both directions closed Sunday because of rising flood waters from the Dardenne Creek. But the westbound lanes reopened Monday morning.
Also closed were eastbound lanes of Interstate 44 at Hazelgreen because the Gasconade River is flooding.
Gov. Jay Nixon has declared a State of Emergency for all of Missouri in regards to severe weather and flooding statewide.
“We are not expecting any severe weather in Pettis County,” Pettis County Emergency Management Director Dave Clippert said in a news release . Since Saturday night, on average Pettis County received about 4.5 inches of rain, maybe a little more in some areas.
Nixon has issued a State of Emergency to cover the entire state. This is mostly due to the severe flooding down south and in the eastern part of the state. Please avoid these areas and before travelling check this website before going for road closures: http://www.modot.org/
The rain and flooding in Missouri has claimed eight lives so far. Stay out of flooded areas and if the road is covered with water, find another route. So far there have been numerous emergency water rescues in Missouri, lets not add to that number. Turn Around Don’t Drown!