Heartland flooded roads, bridge information

Heartland flooded roads, bridge information
Red Star District in Cape Girardeau, Mo.

(KFVS) - Many parts of the Heartland are experiencing flooding.

In Cape Girardeau, Mo., the Mississippi River was at 44.31 feet at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, June 19. The Ohio River in Cairo, Ill. was at 48 feet at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, June 19.

This is the river level on the Mississippi River at Cape Girardeau, Mo. and on the Ohio River at Cairo, Ill. (Source: National Weather Service)
This is the river level on the Mississippi River at Cape Girardeau, Mo. and on the Ohio River at Cairo, Ill. (Source: National Weather Service)


MoDOT announced the Chester Bridge could reopen on Saturday, June 22. That’s if it passes the inspection.

According to the Cape Girardeau Public Works, Tuesday, June 18 was day 98 for Cape Girardeau to be at or above flood stage based on the gauge.

In Cape Girardeau, the Public Works’ Stormwater and Sewer Divisions have been manning the pump stations and checking flood protection infrastructure around the clock since the Mississippi River went above flood stage. According to the city, Public Works has personnel at each of two pump stations, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Based on eight-hour shifts, with three shifts daily at each pump station, the crew has worked an additional 510 shifts totaling 4,080 hours, as of the end of the day on June 5.

According to the Red Cross, the shelter at Zion United Methodist Church, 3652 State Highway Z, Cape Girardeau is on standby take in victims.

The People’s Shelter in Cape Girardeau opened its doors to flood victims on Friday, June 7.

On Monday, June 17, Cape Girardeau County Emergency Management officials announced Highway 25 at Dutchtown was reopened. It closed on June 5 due to flooding.

Wow! Check out these photos from Mark Burger. This is a field for the Burger Planting Company off the Dutchtown Exit almost a year apart. https://bit.ly/2Kr7xrf

Posted by KFVS-TV on Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Due to ongoing factors, Emergency Management officials also said there will not be a test of the outdoor warning siren system this month.

The Missouri Department of Transportation will close Route 177 in Cape Girardeau at 7 a.m. on Monday, June 3 to work on elevating the road and prevent it fully closing due to flooding.

In Mississippi County, Route VV was damaged from floodwater. According to MoDOT, before they can reopen Route VV crews have to assess its condition.

Fighting floodwater becomes a way of life along the Mississippi River, and one of its channels has taken over the bridge connecting St. Mary, Missouri to Kaskaskia Island.


According to Keith Miley with IDOT on Wednesday, June 19, the Mississippi River continues to recede, helping their flood fighting efforts on Route 3.

Water over Route 3 has already closed one lane of traffic between McClure Illinois and the intersection of Route 146.

As of 4:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 20 the roadway on the east and west bound lanes have an increase of flood waters. According KFVS crews that drove through the area in some areas the only dry spot is the middle of both lanes. Floodwaters continue to flow across the road. If you travel to Cape Girardeau by going through McClure in Alexander County you’ll want to give yourself even more extra travel time.

Day 100 of the 2019 Illinois Flood Fight. We've seen relentless rains, record crests and unwavering support from our...

Posted by Illinois Emergency Management Agency on Tuesday, June 18, 2019

If you live in Illinois and cannot make it to the Cape Girardeau Public Library to return your items due to road closures from flooding, you can call the library at 573-334-5279.

If you are an Illinois resident and unable to make it to the library to return your items due to road closures resulting...

Posted by Cape Girardeau Public Library on Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Illinois Route 3 near Gale, Ill. is closed due to water on the road. Detours will drivers to drive through Anna-Jonesboro and south on Illinois 3 at Ware, Ill. or Take I-57 to the I-55 exchange and head north.

Looks like IDOT is closing the turn lane from SB Rt 3 to WB 146. The water has come up significantly just since this morning. Much of 146 from East Cape to the Cape Y is now covered with water... BOTH LANES.

Posted by Carly O'Keefe KFVS on Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Route 3 south, toward 146, going into Cape Girardeau 6/17

WATCH LIVE: View on Route 3 south toward 146, going into Cape Girardeau, Mo. http://bit.ly/2ZpLjcC

Posted by KFVS-TV on Monday, June 17, 2019

Rt. 3 is getting deep... 😬😬😬

Posted by Carly O'Keefe KFVS on Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Signs and barrels were set up to direct traffic on Route 3, going toward McClure, as water covered the northbound lanes just south of the Highway 146/Rte. 3 junction in Alexander County, Ill.

Share with your neighbors. This is where IL Route 3 is closed and where it’s down to one lane... as it sits now....

Posted by Mike Mohundro KFVS on Sunday, June 16, 2019

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency mobilized a Joint Quick Reactionary Task Force in Alexander County to help with emergency flood fight operations in communities along the Mississippi River.

The Cairo Fire Department says that by 9 a.m. on Wednesday, June 12, the levee roads and approaches to the levee roads in and around Cairo will be closed to all traffic except for authorized personnel. This includes motor vehicles, farm equipment, ATVs and UTVs. They say this is being done as a precautionary measure to prevent unnecessary vibration and weight on the levee system due to high water levels.

On Wednesday, Cairo Mayor Thomas Simpson announced that no unauthorized vehicles will be allowed on the Mississippi River Levee including ATV’s, trucks and cars. The mayor warned that violators will be prosecuted.

A State of Emergency was declared for Union County, Ill. on Friday, May 31 and the sheriff said the tornado sirens will be used to warn residents in the Wolf Lake and Ware area in the case of a levee breach. Residents should be aware of their evacuation routes and take into consideration the area of the breach. The evacuation route should be determined and based upon the area of the breach to avoid it.

Illinois Emergency Management Acting Director expressed she is concerned about the pressure extended flooding is putting levees and Rte. 3 at a meeting on Tuesday, June 11.

Emergency crews are busting out the big pumps to help stabilize pressure on the Big Muddy levee on June 13.

According to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, the Big Muddy River Levee lock is being backfilled to seal off the water. The levee has not been breached.

IDOT is monitoring flooding in East Cape Girardeau on a daily basis. According to Keith Miley with IDOT, they delivered sand bags to the community and also Olive Branch on Thursday, June 6 and Friday, June 7. They are not anticipating a closure of Route 3 right now. With the water pushing up near the road, they have put signs out. Eight pumps moving 83,000 gallons of water per minute will be installed on Friday, June 7, according to Miley. All pumps should be in by close-of-business on Friday and will be located in Olive Branch when you make a right at Route 3.

The Village of Karnak’s car show was rescheduled from June 8 to July 13 due to flooding. The times and location will be the same.

The Randolph County Board of Commissioners approved a flood action plan in case of a levee breach in Monroe County.

Officials are not taking any chances with a small group of sand boils close to the levee in Ware, Illinois in Union County.

On June 6 the Illinois Emergency Management Agency sent out a reminder to residents to stay off levees regardless of the river levels. Emergency personnel said it is not safe and individuals are not permitted to use levee areas.

Jackson County, Illinois is under a disaster declaration. This includes the western area along the Mississippi River.

There was also a pretty sizable sinkhole in Grand Tower near the dirt levee.

Grapevine Trail between McClure and Lindsey Cemetery in Alexander County, Illinois is closed due to flooding, according to the EMA, as of Sunday, June 2. They ask that you please not drive around the barricades or through the water.

IDOT closed Rt. 3 at Nine Mile Creek near Evansville, Illinois in Randolph County at 9 a.m., Tuesday, June 4. Rt. 3 was also closed at Broadway in Alton.

Illinois 3 at the Cora Levee closed on Thursday, May 2 due to high water from the Mississippi River. Rt. 3 is closed between IL 151 and Chester, Ill. at the Jackson/Randolph County line.

A Miller City, Illinois woman kept her restaurant open despite floodwaters rising for their 3rd annual Crawfish Boil event at the Horseshoe Bar & Grill.

The Chester Bridge could reopen on Saturday, June 22. It was closed at 10 a.m. on Sunday, June 2 due to rising river levels.

Water pumps were installed in northern Alexander County, Ill. to help reduce the severity of flooding that is impacting homeowners and could close roads.

Emergency Management Director Mike Tuner said seven more water pumps are on the way to a levee near Gale, Ill.

Governor JB Pritzker issued a second disaster proclamation for flooding in 34 counties along the Mississippi and Illinois rivers, including some Heartland counties.

Three juveniles were arrested after EMA officials say they were spotted removing sandbags from floodgates in Cahokia, Ill.

Preparing for flooding

Emergency Management Agencies recommend you have a plan in place before you have to evacuate.

  • Plan several different locations where you could stay during an evacuation, such as the home of family or friends.
  • Know the evacuation plans for important locations (such as work or school).
  • Hotels fill up quickly during evacuations. Call ahead and make a reservation before you leave.
  • Keep phone numbers and maps for potential evacuation locations.
  • Wear sturdy shoes and appropriate clothing.
  • Take your Go Bag.
  • Lock your house.
  • Leave a note inside your house stating when you left and where you are going. This will provide needed information to law enforcement if they enter your home.
  • Use authorized routes.
  • When you are safe, call your out-of-area contact and let him or her know where you are.

Check out these tips for making a Family Emergency Plan.

Don’t forget about your pets. See what you might need here.

Because of the flooding, MoDOT is reminding people that floodwaters may be deeper that they appear and hide other hazards such as sharp objects, electrical wires, sewage and chemicals.

Some important safety reminders include:

  • Don’t drive through any flooded areas. A few extra minutes for a detour could lead to a life saved
  • MoDOT reminds motorists it only takes six inches of water, or less, to lose control of your vehicle and possibly be swept into rising floodwaters
  • Any time there is water over the roadway, there may be unseen damage to the road surface below
  • Stay alert and do not drive through water over a roadway or around construction barricades. MoDOT encourages all motorists to Turn Around! Don’t Drown!

In addition, MoDOT reminds drivers never to move or attempt to drive around barricades that block flooded roads. Whether driving or walking, any time you come to a flooded area or barricade, they say to remember the saying: turn around, don’t drown.

Other parts of the U.S.

Federal Transportation officials are also monitoring storm and flood damage to roads and bridges in the Midwest.

According to DOT, record-setting storms and flooding this spring have resulted in the closure of dozens of roads and bridges on the National Highway System in Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Nebraska.

Since January, the Federal Highway Administration officials directed $54.9 million in quick release funds to help states repair roads and bridges nationwide, they say that’s more than three times higher than the $19.8 million awarded during the same period in 2018.

These initial “quick release” payments are considered down payments on the costs of short-term repairs while the state continues damage assessments for long-term repairs.

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