Floods threaten parts of Arkansas, Missouri as National Guard steps in

MoDOT re-opens stretch of I-44 in Laclede County

Waters flood the intersection of Interstate 44 and Highway 141, Tuesday, May 2, 2017, in this from the top floor of the Drury Inn in Valley Park, Missouri.

The lower part of the town was evacuated Monday amid worries a nearby levee wouldn't hold. Northbound I-55 is expected to close before the afternoon rush hour on Wednesday.

The Meramec River crested early Thursday morning and MoDOT crews began opening lanes as the water receded.

"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. The levees are in rural areas and the impact is mostly on farmland.

If you are looking for specific river forecasts and hydrographs (river graphs) that show the river levels over time and the secondary crest information head to this website and drill down to your local river of interest.

Many parts of the Midwest saw rainfall of 3 inches (8 cm) to 4 inches (10 cm) on Thursday while Charleston in eastern IL received 6 inches (15 cm), said Brian Hurley, a meteorologist with the federal Weather Prediction Center.

The flooding spotlight is on St. Louis, where water levels on the Meramec River are expected to crest today.

The Black River rose to a record 28.95 feet before spilling over levees, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Gary Woodall.

Jansen says the biggest concern is over floodwater headed toward communities in Lawrence County.

Heavy rain over the weekend caused the MS and smaller rivers to swell. Waters along the White River may not drop below flood stage until the third or fourth week in May.

"The Kansas City metropolitan area has lots of creeks and small streams and those are always subject to flash flooding". That would cut off thousands of workers from getting to work and school.

Elizabeth Arway, owner of Creative Entourage, designed a line of t-shirts and tank tops that will be locally produced and printed to raise funds for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, which works alongside local disaster committees to help families evacuate their homes before the flooding and provides housing and storage for affected families.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson says 25 guard vehicles are prepared for high-water rescues as needed in an area where at least nine levee breaches have been reported in Randolph County alone. Heavy rains have swollen many rivers to re.

In St Louis, authorities say up to 200 homes along the Meramac river have been damaged, and many more stand in harm's way.

Heavy rain last weekend resulted in a sudden rise in rivers in Missouri, Illinois and Arkansas.

Parts of Pocahontas, Ark., one of the hardest hit areas of the state was put under a mandatory evacuation order.

US 63 south of Vienna in Maries County, north of Rolla, is back open to traffic after being closed due to flooding since Sunday. Wild animals displaced by flooding also pose a potential threat. The flood fight also continued near St. Louis, where sunny skies belied an ominous forecast: More rain that could send the bulging Meramec River to record heights and potentially into hundreds of homes.

River levels are dropping along the Black River in Missouri and Arkansas, and the Meramec River in suburban St. Louis. But the mess left behind is substantial after the river reached record levels in both places.

Areas farther south along the Mississippi River in Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana may not experience a crest until the third week in May.

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