Missouri Department of Transportation officials are carefully monitoring the situation and making adjustments as needed to road closures. Click to hear KMZU’s Kristie Cross talk to Area Engineer Brian Haeffner:
Recent weather conditions have contributed to the rising water. “It’s the melting snow coupled with the rain we have received over the past couple of days that have the area rivers and streams up out of their banks, “said Haeffner, “We encourage folks to check the travel conditions before heading out over the next few days. Hopefully we won’t get any additional rain, but snow is still melting so we could have water over roadways for the next few days.”
While officials are doing their best to monitor the quickly changing situation, they’re also asking for cooperation from motorists. “Obviously we can’t be on all the roads all the time, “said Haeffner, “If someone should happen to run across water over the road where we do not have signs or barricades out, we ask them to contact MoDOT or dial 911. We will get someone to the location very quickly.”
A full list of areas impacted by the floods can be found on the department’s website. Travelers are reminded to find alternative routes and to never travel through flooded areas.
With more than a dozen roads closed due to flooding in MoDOT’s Northeast District, drivers will need to consult the www.modot.org traveler information map before traveling tomorrow morning. “The warmer temperatures have melted the several inches of snow we still had on the ground, plus we’ve received significant rainfall in the last 24 hours,” said MoDOT Maintenance and Traffic Engineer Jennifer Hinson. “Our streams and rivers are swollen, and with the ground saturated, the water is going over some of our lower roads,” she explained. While some of the roads will remain closed for several hours, water levels change quickly, so MoDOT crews are monitoring these areas.
“The traveler information map on our website has the most updated information and will change frequently over the next few days,” Hinson said.
MoDOT reminds drivers to never travel through a flooded road. “Don’t drown…turn around. Barricades have been placed where roads are closed, and we appreciate the public finding alternate routes during this time,” Hinson said. Travel tips are available at http://www.modot.org/flooding/needtotravel.htm.