Human Society building.  Photograph courtesy of Terry Cashatt.

Flash flooding, due to recent heavy rains, can be expected over the next few days.  Water is rising near the Humane Society building just south of Brookfield on Highway 11.

KMZU’s Terry Cashatt said the fields to the north are flooded and the water is running over their parking lot.

The water is a few feet from the door.

Cashatt added that a few houses are surrounded by water.

Emergency Management Director Jamie Stallos reports Laclede Avenue in Brookfield is closed due to flooding, but is expected to reopen by Thursday evening.  The water has already begun to recede and no homes or businesses are believed to be in danger.

The picture below shows a field on the south side of Highway 11 looking toward the water plant.  The photograph was taken north of the Brookfield city limits.

Highway 11 north of Brookfield at the city limits.

Drivers are being asked to use extreme caution on Missouri roadways.  The Missouri State Highway Patrol said barricades closing a roadway are there to protect motorists.  “Drivers must respect barriers or barricades put in place by MoDOT — it is extremely dangerous and a violation of state law to drive around them.”

Never drive through fast-moving waters; even a small amount of fast-moving water can sweep a slow-moving vehicle off the roadway. If your vehicle becomes stuck in rising water, get out quickly and move to higher ground.

Motorists also are reminded that state law requires them to turn on their vehicle’s headlights any time they are using the windshield wipers.