Busy stretch of I55 to reopen in St. Louis area

  • Busy stretch of I55 to reopen in St. Louis area

Busy stretch of I55 to reopen in St. Louis area

Farther downstream, a crest at major flood stage is forecast at Osceola, Arkansas, later next week. It began spilling over a nearby levee Tuesday and officials anxious that the structure could be breached.

As the massive amounts of water move downstream, significant flooding is expected by the end of the week on the Mississippi River south of St. Louis, including the towns of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, and Cairo, Illinois.

Much of Missouri was inundated with up to 12 inches of rain over the weekend.

The National Weather Service issued flash flood warnings and watches along waterways from eastern Texas north through IN and into northwestern OH as forecasters expected most of the rivers across the U.S. Midwest to crest over the weekend. Six deaths are now blamed on flooding in Missouri, while four occurred in Arkansas.

According to weather.com meteorologist Chris Dolce, Wednesday and Thursday another round of rain will sweep through areas that have been ravaged by floodwaters since this past weekend.

Officials are warning of the dangers left behind by a devastating flood as hundreds of displaced residents prepare to return to their homes along the Meramec River in suburban St. Louis.

The city shut down roads and schools following heavy rain throughout the weekend.

The Black River levee has failed in Pocahontas, prompting a flash flood warning for Southeastern Randolph County and Central Lawrence County through tomorrow. Hundreds of homes and businesses were damaged in Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas and IL, and the Wabash River in IN was flooding at Terre Haute, Vincennes and other places.

As flood waters continue to rise in northeast Arkansas, Gov. Asa Hutchinson is sending additional manpower and resources to the area.

WAYNE PRATT, BYLINE: After closing part of one interstate out of St. Louis earlier this week, flooding claimed another major roadway today. Heavy rains have swollen many rivers to record levels in parts of Missouri, Illinoi. More rain is in the forecast Wednesday in the small town about 125 miles northeast of Little Rock.

Flooded areas of the Midwest are bracing for another round of heavy rain Wednesday, the last thing they need with rivers in several places at or near record levels. Health officials say children should not play in floodwater, and that children and pets should avoid toys soaked in the water.

MoDOT officials also said Route 21/Tesson Ferry Road at the Meramec and Route 141 at Romaine Creek would close Tuesday afternoon. It comes as an earthen levee for the Black River near Pocahontas is apparently no longer able to hold back the water.

Meanwhile, Yeomans says the I-44 shutdown between I-270 and Gray Summit will continue for several more days.