The Missouri Department of Transportation cautions motorists that many state routes are closed due to flooding after several periods of heavy rain throughout the state.
MoDOT reminds motorists that road closures are posted on the department’s Traveler Information Map at www.modot.org. The majority of flooded roadways are in the northern half of the state, and most are lettered and numbered routes with low traffic volumes. There are three major routes currently closed: Eastbound U.S. 36, near Shelbina; U.S. 24, both directions, near Huntsville in Randolph County; U.S. 61 near Alexandria, near the Iowa State line.
“MoDOT crews are closely monitoring roadways and are prepared for more temporary closures as the rivers across the state continue to rise,” said Beth Wright, MoDOT State Maintenance Engineer. “We encourage travelers to visit our Traveler Information Map before hitting the road to check the latest road conditions and closures.”
MoDOT warns to never move or drive around barricades placed on roadways due to high water. “Barricades are a warning designed to protect you from an unsafe condition,” the department says. “You can put yourself at serious risk if you proceed into a flooded section of road.”
Also, motorists are cautioned that if a road is covered in flood water but is not closed by a barricade, do not drive into the high water. Stop and turn around, and then notify the local police, sheriff or the Missouri State Highway Patrol.