LIVINGSTON COUNTY, Mo. — Authorities in Livingston County are warning flooding could close 65 Highway South of Chillicothe at the Grand River Tuesday night or Wednesday morning.

NWS Pleasant Hill

According to Livingston County Sheriff Steve Cox, the Grand River is forecast to crest at 37.8 feet on Wednesday, May 22.

Major flooding at the Grand River occurs when the river level is over 35 feet.

U.S. 36 Highway west of Chillicothe could have a portion of the highway impacted, and officials may opt to scale traffic down from four lanes to two lanes.

Sheriff Cox encouraged residents in the Avalon, Bedford, Blue Mound and Dawn areas to prepare for floodwaters, suggesting locals have plenty of food, medicine and gasoline.

Livingston County emergency services will work with Carroll County to provide response to residents in southern Livingston County cut off from Chillicothe as long as any closure is in place.

Sheriff Cox reminded those in the area to never drive through flood waters. Turn around, don’t drown!