Traffic on Highway 65 is open to both directions of traffic Monday. Click to hear KMZU’s Chelsea Wade talk with MoDOT’s Maintenance Superintendent for Carroll and Chariton counties Keith Hardwick:

Keith Hardwick

Hardwick said they’re using sandbags to help shore up some of the water on the roadway. “I’d say the probability is always there. We’re hoping to keep it open and have minimal impact on the traveling public. Safety of it is the most important priority at this time. We’re going to keep it open as long as it is safe,” Hardwick said.

Hardwick encourages drivers to proceed with caution.

“We have a lot of workers and machinery for about a 9,000 feet stretch. There is still some water running over the roadway, but it is shallow and you can drive through it. Please respect our workers out there on the roadway. We are hoping to hold the water back with sandbags. So far it has been working successfully and we’ll just have to deal with the closure when we get to that point,” Hardwick added.