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FIRST ALERT: dangerous flooding hits the Heartland

Flooding around the Heartland. (Source: Viewer submitted/cNews) Flooding around the Heartland. (Source: Viewer submitted/cNews)
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A First Alert Action Day was in effect through Sunday, April 30 due to the threat of severe weather and flash flooding.

Most of southeast Missouri was under a slight risk of flash flooding on Sunday.

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Many communities are under voluntary evacuation orders after flood waters crept up.

Thousands of homes and businesses have been damaged.

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Shelters available

There are shelters available to those who have been displaced. You can click here for a full list.

Roads closed

Several roads are closed throughout the Heartland due to flooding. You can click here for a full list.

Power outages

Missouri

As of 2 p.m. on Monday, Ameren Missouri is reporting the following outages:

  • Cape Girardeau County: 4
  • Dunklin County: 29
  • New Madrid County: 4
  • Pemiscot County: 408
  • Saint Francois County: 1
  • Scott County: 1

Illinois

As of 2 p.m. on Monday, Ameren Illinois is reporting the following outage:

  • Franklin County: 90
  • Jackson County: 1

Illinois Gov. Rauner activates State Emergency Operations Center

Gov. Bruce Rauner said on Monday, May 1, he activated the center in Springfiled, Ill. to make sure state personnel and equipment are ready to be quickly deployed if needed to help local emergency responders with flooding-related public safety issues in several areas of the state.

Missouri Gov. Greitens declares State of Emergency

Missouri Governor Eric Greitens held a press conference on Sunday evening, April 30.

He said there had been two deaths statewide due to the storms.

He said the Missouri National Guard has been activated.

On Saturday, Missouri Governor, Eric Greitens declared a state of emergency for the state on Saturday due to flash flooding. 

Missouri Senator Roy Blunt issues the following statement in regard to the damaging flooding across the state. 

“My thoughts are with all of the families and communities that have been affected by the widespread flooding in our state,” Blunt said. “I am grateful for all of the first responders and emergency management personnel who are working around the clock to keep people safe. With dangerous conditions expected to continue, and additional areas at risk, I will continue being in close contact with Governor Greitens, and state and local officials, to monitor the situation. While we do not yet know the full extent of the damage, I stand ready to advocate for any federal assistance that may be needed once those assessments are made.” -U.S. Senator Roy Blunt

Heartland communities evacuate

Officials have issued a voluntary evacuation advisory for residents in Allenville, Missouri and those living along the Diversion Channel Headwaters from Bollinger County into Cape Girardeau County.

According to the Perry County, Missouri EMA, the Mississippi River is expected to crest at 41.5 feet next week and Levee District personnel will be monitoring the river closely.

The Assistant Fire Chief in Ellington, Mo., is asking that any residents that live by Logan Creek to evacuate their homes due to an increased chance of flooding. 

Perry County EMA is asking residents of Lithium that live in low-lying areas to voluntarily evacuate.

Residents of Wayne County were asked to evacuate by officials due to flooding at Clearwater Lake that was expected to overtake the spillway.

Fredericktown, MO City Lake Dam is overflowing.

Resident John Johnson, who took the video, said this is what the dam is designed to do. 

Due to flooding, SIU closed University Hall for the remainder of the semester and relocated more than 180 students. CLICK HERE for a closer look at how flooding is impacting campus operations.

One Heartland resident shot footage with his drone of flood waters in southeast Marion, IL. Check it out. 

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