dglobalnews.com Some rivers receding, but Mississippi River remains high
Published: Sun, May 07, 2017
Global Media | By Cecelia Webb

Some rivers receding, but Mississippi River remains high

Some rivers receding, but Mississippi River remains high

A busy stretch of Interstate 55 in the St. Louis area reopened on Thursday morning after the Meramec River crested in the area.

The National Weather Service issued flash flood warnings and watches along waterways from eastern Texas north through IN and into northwestern Ohio. But the Missouri and MS rivers continue to rise, with an increase in the latter's expected crest. At least 20 people have died from the weekend storms and subsequent flooding. Officials in southwest Illinois' Randolph County say the bridge in Chester will close at noon today because flood gates are being installed on the Missouri side, preventing vehicles from getting to the bridge.

Several highways serving St. Louis, including Interstate 44, were blocked by high water. About 14.5 miles (23 kilometres) were closed earlier this week in St. Louis. A levee at Valley Park, Missouri, was holding, as is a sandbag levee consisting of 250,000 bags in nearby Eureka. - The Missouri Department of Transportation said 90 of its highways remained closed in the St. Louis area as of midday.

Some 200 homes have been impacted by the floods and another 1,500 could be in danger, St. Louis County's emergency management chief told the AP.

Many smaller rivers in the region are still far above their flood stage, after recent 2- and 3-inch rains ran off of saturated ground. "Use caution as flooding and rain continue throughout much of the state". Nine deaths are blamed on the flooding. "I many not see them til the weekend", Anselmo said. They're good country folks.

Safety officials encouraged people to get where they need to be for the next few days sooner than later. A replacement was built in 1993, but the original bridge was never brought down.

Gov. Eric Greitens declared a state of emergency April 29. More than 100 members of the Arkansas National Guard are assisting with the flood-fighting effort.

"This is a historical crest".

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"With the rainfall we're having here, it's going to prolong the recession of the waters - the Meramec, the MS and the Missouri" said Kelly.

Most smaller rivers are falling sharply, but the MS is expected to crest over the weekend in some towns in Missouri and IL.

Flooding continues to threaten much of central and southern IL.

Pictured are images from two of the four water rescues the Jackson County sheriff's office have performed in the past 24 hours due to flooding on Arka.

The chance of rain is about 60% for Saturday, the National Weather Service said, with a tenth to a quarter inch of rain possible.

This followed several days of drenching precipitation that caused flooding along rivers in the Midwest and Arkansas.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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