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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - The historic and life threatening flood event continues. This is an incredibly dangerous and life threatening situation with a "State of Emergency" now declared in Missouri.

We saw 5 to as much as 12 inches of rain over the last week across the FOX 2 News viewing area. Now, historic flooding is underway. Several area rivers will crest higher than record crests of December 1982 and Summer of 1993, including the Bourbeuse River at Union, MO and the Mississippi River at Chester, IL. For the latest river levels and crest information, click here.

Flooding is closing roads and forcing evacuations.  Check here for the latest updates:

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Because of the outage in Fenton, there’s only one 9-1-1 line available in Washington County, Missouri. If people call and don’t get an answer, they should call 573-438-0040.

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AT&T Statement
“The AT&T wireless network is performing well following the heavy floods in the Fenton area. However, some customers may be experiencing issues with their wireline services. Technicians are on-site and are working diligently to remove water from the affected building.

“They will begin work to resolve the issue as soon as the equipment is dry and it is deemed safe to do so.  Additionally, an Emergency Communications Vehicle has been deployed by the AT&T Network Disaster Recovery team to assist with emergency communications in the area. We apologize for the inconvenience.”

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This is a release from the Illinois Department of Transportation:

The Illinois Department of Transportation announces the OPENING of the following roads: US 50 at Silver Creek between O’Fallon and Lebanon in St. Clair County, Water Street in Dupo, and IL 96 @ Mozier.

These roads are CLOSED due to the major flooding within the area: Brussels Ferry; IL 3 truck bypass in Chester; US 67 southbound in West Alton; Kaskaskia Street in Chester; IL 143 west of IL 255 in the Wood River Area; IL 100 from Alton to Pearl closed to through traffic; IL 3 at IL 100 in Grafton; IL 100/96 intersection; Chester Bridge; US 67 southbound into Missouri is closed at the Clark Bridge over the Mississippi (northbound is still open); US 67 in both directions at Broadway in Alton; and IL 3 at Nine Mile Creek near Ellis Grove in Randolph County – effectively closing IL 3 south of Evansville through Randolph County.

Several Levee Districts within District 8 have installed flood control gates. These efforts have closed IL 3 near Cora; IL 3 in East Alton; and IL 155 west of Ruma.

Within the next 24 hours, the Rivers forecast suggests no further closures will be needed within District 8.

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How can you help flood victims?

You can donate to the Salvation Army. They are one of the agencies helping flood victims. We are currently winding up our holiday campaign. Donors are also entered to win a car.

Donate here 

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SSM Health St. Clare Hospital is open. This is a release from the hospital:

“Due to record flooding in the area, SSM Health St. Clare Hospital implemented its emergency preparedness plan to ensure the hospital and patients had all necessary supplies. The hospital is fully staffed and have the resources needed to provide exceptional care to our patients. There are several roads open to and from St. Clare Hospital that allow patients, employees and supplies to access the hospital as needed.”

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Missouri American Water issued this release:

“Missouri American Water’s drinking water continues to be of high quality and safe to drink. There is no need for St. Louis County customers to boil their water.

The quality of Missouri American Water’s tap water remains high in St. Louis County, despite challenging conditions on the Meramec River. Water is safe to drink. It meets or surpasses all federal and state standards.

We are still encouraging South St. Louis County residents to conserve water for the next few days as a precaution. Our Meramec River water plants are producing good quality water, but the pumps that deliver water from the river to the plant are still threatened by rising waters. We are asking our South St. Louis County customers to use water wisely in the days ahead. “

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Waste Management issued this release about trash pickup:

” Waste Management of St. Louis will operate on a delayed schedule Dec. 31 – Jan. 2 due to the historic amount of flooding and road closures in the St Louis area.

Due to the limited access to neighborhoods and businesses, Waste Management trucks may be unable to reach both residential and commercial customers in certain areas. If Waste Management is unable to service the area, trucks will resume trash pickup next week, weather permitting.”

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RECORD AND NEAR RECORD CRESTS FROM AREA RIVERS…

The following is a list of crests that are new records and near
records. Near record crests here are defined as within 2 feet of
the record. All data is considered preliminary and may change as
more information becomes available.

New Record Crests…

Bourbeuse River at Union
New Record – 34.31 at 10:30 am on December 29
Old Record – 33.8 on December 5, 1982

Meramec River near Eureka
New Record – 46.06 at 5:00 pm on December 30
Old Record – 42.89 on December 6, 1982

Meramec River at Valley Park
New Record – 44.11 at 3:45 am on December 31
Old Record – 39.73 on December 6, 1982

Meramec River near Arnold
New Record* – 47.24 at 9:30 am on December31
Old Record – 45.30 on August 1, 1993

Near Record Crests…

Big River at Richwoods
Crest – 28.73 at 10:00 pm on December 29
Record – 30.33 on September 23, 1993

Gasconade River near Rich Fountain
Crest – 34.19 at 10:00 am on December 30
Record – 34.39 on August 8, 2013

Kaskaskia River at Vandalia
Crest – 27.80 at 11:15 pm on December 28
Record – 28.27 on May 8, 2002

Maries River at Westphalia
Crest – 23.35 at 10:31 am on December 27
Record – 24.82 on September 26, 1998

Meramec River near Pacific
Crest – 33.42 at 10:30 am on December 30
Record – 33.64 on December 6, 1982

Missouri River at Gasconade
Crest – 37.90 at 7:30 am on December 30
Record – 39.60 on July 31, 1993

Moreau River near Jefferson City
Crest – 33.52 at 4:00 pm on December 28
Record – 34.00 on April 12, 1994

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River Forecast Point Monitor by NWS WFO

Key: Near Flood Stage Minor Flooding Moderate Flooding Major Flooding


Big River
Byrnesville
BYRM7
Jefferson, At 8:45 PM Wednesday the stage was 24.7 feet. Flood stage is 16.0 feet.
Bourbeuse River
Union
UNNM7
Franklin, At 8:30 PM Wednesday the stage was 27.3 feet. Flood stage is 15.0 feet.
Cuivre River
Old Monroe
OMNM7
Lincoln, At 7:06 AM Thursday the stage was 29.3 feet. Flood stage is 24.0 feet.
Gasconade River
Rich Fountain
RIFM7
Osage, At 8:30 AM Thursday the stage was 29.8 feet. Flood stage is 20.0 feet.
Illinois River
Hardin
HARI2
Jersey, Calhoun, Greene, At 10:00 PM Wednesday the stage was 36.8 feet. Flood stage is 25.0 feet.
Lagrange
NLGI2
Brown, At 8:00 PM Wednesday the stage was 28.9 feet. Flood stage is 23.0 feet.
Meredosia
MROI2
Morgan, Pike, At 9:00 PM Wednesday the stage was 23.8 feet. Flood stage is 17.0 feet.
Valley City
VALI2
Pike, Scott, At 9:30 PM Wednesday the stage was 22.6 feet. Flood stage is 14.0 feet.
Kaskaskia River
Vandalia
VNDI2
Fayette, At 8:30 AM Thursday the stage was 22.3 feet. Flood stage is 18.0 feet.
La Moine River
Ripley
RIPI2
Brown, At 9:45 AM Thursday the stage was 24.8 feet. Flood stage is 22.0 feet.
Meramec River
Pacific
PCFM7
Jefferson, Franklin, At 10:00 AM Thursday the stage was 30.0 feet. Flood stage is 15.0 feet.
Eureka
ERKM7
Jefferson, St. Louis, At 10:00 AM Thursday the stage was 44.2 feet. Flood stage is 18.0 feet.
Arnold
ARNM7
St. Louis, Jefferson, At 10:00 AM Thursday the stage was 47.2 feet. Flood stage is 24.0 feet.
Valley Park
VLLM7
Jefferson, St. Louis, At 10:00 AM Thursday the stage was 43.4 feet. Flood stage is 16.0 feet.
Mississippi River
Quincy
UINI2
Marion, Adams, At 9:15 PM Wednesday the stage was 19.9 feet. Flood stage is 17.0 feet.
St. Louis
EADM7
St. Louis City, St. Louis, St. Clair, At 9:30 PM Wednesday the stage was 41.8 feet. Flood stage is 30.0 feet.
Winfield Lock
CAGM7
Lincoln, Calhoun, At 9:30 PM Wednesday the stage was 34.1 feet. Flood stage is 26.0 feet.
Alton
ALNI2
St. Charles, Madison, At 9:30 PM Wednesday the stage was 35.4 feet. Flood stage is 21.0 feet.
Quincy Lock
QLDI2
Marion, Adams, At 8:00 PM Wednesday the stage was 19.5 feet. Flood stage is 17.0 feet.
Clarksville
CLKM7
Pike, Calhoun, At 9:30 PM Wednesday the stage was 31.1 feet. Flood stage is 25.0 feet.
Chester
CHSI2
Ste. Genevieve, Randolph, Jackson, Perry, At 9:30 PM Wednesday the stage was 43.1 feet. Flood stage is 27.0 feet.
Saverton Lock
SVRM7
Pike, Ralls, At 8:00 PM Wednesday the stage was 20.4 feet. Flood stage is 16.0 feet.
Hannibal
HNNM7
Pike, Marion, At 9:15 PM Wednesday the stage was 20.9 feet. Flood stage is 16.0 feet.
Louisiana
LUSM7
Pike, Pike, At 9:30 PM Wednesday the stage was 20.2 feet. Flood stage is 15.0 feet.
Canton
CANM7
Lewis, Adams, At 6:00 PM Wednesday the stage was 16.6 feet. Flood stage is 14.0 feet.
Grafton
GRFI2
Jersey, St. Charles, At 9:30 PM Wednesday the stage was 30.9 feet. Flood stage is 18.0 feet.
Missouri River
Washington
WHGM7
Warren, Franklin, At 8:45 AM Thursday the stage was 29.6 feet. Flood stage is 20.0 feet.
Gasconade
GSCM7
Montgomery, Gasconade, At 8:53 AM Thursday the stage was 36.7 feet. Flood stage is 22.0 feet.
Hermann
HRNM7
Montgomery, Gasconade, At 9:30 AM Thursday the stage was 33.6 feet. Flood stage is 21.0 feet.
Chamois
CMSM7
Osage, Callaway, At 7:00 AM Thursday the stage was 25.5 feet. Flood stage is 17.0 feet.
St. Charles
SCLM7
St. Charles, St. Louis, At 9:30 AM Thursday the stage was 34.9 feet. Flood stage is 25.0 feet.
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Water boil order issued for the city of High Ridge

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SkyFOX helicopter captured two images of the same home in Arnold this week

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Starling mobile home park in Arnold flooded

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Lemay Ferry Bridge

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High Meramec river water at Kimmswick

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Flooding at I-44 and 141

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I-55 at Meramec Bottom

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I-55 at Arnold

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MoDOT is pumping water off of I-55 near the Meramec river

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MSD says the Grand Glaize Plant in Valley Park is no longer operational. Flood waters just breached the levee and all workers have been ordered out of the area.

It is not clear what the impact of this will be on sewage leaking into the Meramec river.

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Information from the Illinois Department of Transportation:

The Illinois Department of Transportation announces the opening of the following roads: Chain of Rocks Road between IL 111 and IL 157 in Madison County; I-70 inboth directions in Bond County between the 36 and 45 mile markers (Pocahontas to Greenville); Old Alton-Edwardsville Road in Edwardsville; IL 161 in Mascoutah from SAFB gate to 6th Street; US 40 in Bond County; and IL 159 north of IL 143 in Edwardsville.

Roads closed due to the major flooding within the area: Brussels Ferry; IL 3 truck bypass in Chester; US 50 at Silver Creek between O’Fallon and Lebanon in St. Clair County; US 67 southbound in West Alton; Kaskaskia Street in Chester; IL 143 west of IL 255 in the Wood River-Edwardsville Area; IL 100 Alton to Pearl closed to through traffic; IL 3 at IL 100 in Grafton; IL 100/96 intersection; IL 96 at Mozier; Chester Bridge; US 67 southbound into Missouri is closed at the Clark Bridge over the Mississippi (northbound is still open); and US 67 in both directions at Broadway in Alton.

Several Levee Districts within District 8 have installed flood control gates. These efforts have closed IL 3 near Cora; IL 3 in East Alton, IL 155 west of Ruma; and Water St in Dupo.

Within the next 24 hours, the River forecast indicates additional closures may be required at IL 3 at Nine Mile Creek near Ellis Grove in Randolph County.

The Department will continue monitoring State roadways in the affected areas of Illinois. Flooding has or will require closure of State Highways and Ferries along the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers as well as several creeks and streams. Over the next several days, we will provide updates, as warranted, when developments occur.

Traffic control devices and directional signage, including dynamic message boards, have been deployed to guide motorists safely around major closures. Travelers are advised to consider alternate routes or allow additional time to travel known flood prone areas. Regardless, all motorists are urged to be patient, reduce speed and exercise added caution throughout the Metro East region – as traffic patterns and travel times will likely be affected.

Since this is a very dynamic situation, please see the Department’s website, http://www.idot.illinois.gov/home/Comm/emergency-road-closures.

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MoDOT says there was a landslide on Highway T at past St. Albans in Saint Francois County

They say it is the result of the days of rain and we should expect to see more damage like this in the days coming.

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MSD says the Grand Glaize Plant in Valley Park is no longer operational. Flood waters just breached the levee and all workers have been ordered out of the area.

It is not clear what the impact of this will be on sewage leaking into the Meramec river.

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Missouri American Water is asking people living in South County to conserve water. People living in these communities may experience lower than normal water pressure. The quality of drinking water is still good, but the company wants customers to conserve their water and avoid unnecessary water usage for the next few days.

The affected area includes the following South St. Louis County cities, which are served by the South County Water Treatment Plant.

Fenton
Mehlville
Oakland
Lemay
Marlborough
Webster Groves
Crestwood
Shrewsbury
Grantwood Village
MacKenzie
Affton
Sunset Hills
Wilbur Park
Sappington
Green Park
Lakeshire
Valley Park

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MoDOT says several inches of water are on both sides of the highway. Unclear when 55 might reopen

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Authorities have identified a man who drowned in flooding in east-central Missouri.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the body of 81-year-old Harold K. McPherson, of Bourbon, was found Wednesday in a tree near a Crawford County boat ramp.

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MoDOT release about road area roads:

Both directions of Interstate 55 are closed at the St. Louis and Jefferson County line at the Meramec River, mile marker 193. Duration of closure is unknown. Route 231/Telegraph is the only crossing open between the counties. The alternate route at this time is Route 231 to US 61/67 to Imperial Main St.

Both directions of I-44 remain closed in St. Louis County. The closure is between I-270 in St. Louis County and Route 100 at Gray Summit in Franklin County due to flooding of the Meramec River at Route 141. The closure is between mile marker 253 and 274 and is expected to last a few days. With many other roads closed in the St. Louis area, the open roads are experiencing extreme congestion.

Interstate travelers can use Interstate 57 in Illinois to cross the Mississippi River at Sikeston, Mo., and reconnect to I-55.

Motorists needing to travel across Missouri are encouraged to use I-70 to I-49 in Kansas City to I-44 in Joplin or the reverse depending on eastbound or westbound travel.

With more than 200 roads under water throughout the state, drivers are encouraged to check MoDOT’s Traveler Information Map, located at http://www.modot.org, or call the department’s toll free number, 1-888-ASK-MODOT, to get updated information on road conditions.

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From St. Charles County government:
“By order of the North County Consolidated Levee District and the Fire District Chief, the protection measures being taken along the levees are in danger of failing. If the protective measures fail, the City of Portage Des Sioux will be isolated in a matter of hours. If you do not plan on staying in the City, make preparations to leave your home.”

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Shell station reflection in the flood water at highway 109 in Eureka

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Smoke coming from the sewage treatment plant pump house in Eureka

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Missouri National Guard troops have been deployed and are helping protect citizens and supporting emergency response personnel in communities from Mount Sterling to Perryville, according to Governor Jay Nixon’s office.

In Valley Park, where the flooded Meramec River has forced a partial evacuation, the Guard has been tasked with providing security assistance and staffing traffic control points into the evacuated area.

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Missourians who need disaster information, shelter information, and referrals are urged to call 211. The 211 service is now available throughout Missouri.

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Homes in Eureka near 109

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Highway 55

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Five Fort Leonard Wood International Student Detachment soldiers that drowned this weekend in flash flooding have been identified. They were returning to their post in Osage Beach when their vehicle went off the road at a low water crossing site on Highway U near Crocker, MO.

The victims include:

Maj. Mohammad Hassan Ibrahim, 32, Egypt;
Maj. Akram Abu Al-rub, 38, Jordan;
Capt. Ahmed Moussouni, 32, Algeria;
Capt. Ahmed Abdelghani, 29, Egypt; and
Capt. Hasman Hussin, 33, Malaysia.

All five soldiers were attending officer education at the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence. All five victims were recovered from the water and are being returned to their home country for burial and services. For additional information on individual victims, contact the respective embassy.

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Chris Allen send this video of a submerged home hitting a Meramec river bridge.

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This reporter is in a Blackhawk helicopter with Gov. Nixon and the National Guard on a tour of Missouri flooding.

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The Gateway Arch in St. Louis is reflected in the near record flood waters of the Mississippi River taken from East St. Louis, Illinois on December 30, 2015. Flooding statewide from three straight days of rain has caused evacuations, road closures and thirteen deaths. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI

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LIVE Video – Gov. Jay Nixon gives updates on Missouri flooding – http://fox2now.com/on-air/live-streaming-wc/

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Check the latest river stage information for crest forecasts http://via.fox2now.com/vVXZM

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MoDOT says that I-55 is NOT closing today.  They will begin sandbagging operations near the Meramec river in Arnold today at around dusk.  They say the sandbagging should keep the highway open Thursday.

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Alton Fire Department pumper truck helping to move flood water away from businesses on State Street in front of River Bend Yoga Studio.

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Flooded aircraft at Smartt Field.

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The Illinois Department of Transportation has released an update on road closures:

The Illinois Department of Transportation announces the opening of the following roads: Chain of Rocks Road between IL 111 and IL 157 in Madison County; I-70 in both directions in Bond County between the 36 and 45 mile markers (Pocahontas to Greenville); Old Alton–Edwardsville Road in Edwardsville; IL 161 in Mascoutah from SAFB gate to 6th Street; US 40 in Bond County; and IL 159 north of IL 143 in Edwardsville.

Roads closed due to the major flooding within the area: Brussels Ferry; IL 3 truck bypass in Chester; US 50 at Silver Creek between O’Fallon and Lebanon in St. Clair County; US 67 southbound in West Alton; Kaskaskia Street in Chester; IL 143 west of IL 255 in the Wood River-Edwardsville Area; IL 100 Alton to Pearl closed to through traffic; IL 3 at IL 100 in Grafton; IL 100/96 intersection; IL 96 at Mozier; Chester Bridge; US 67 southbound into Missouri is closed at the Clark Bridge over the Mississippi (northbound is still open); and US 67 in both directions at Broadway in Alton.

Several Levee Districts within District 8 have installed flood control gates. These efforts have closed IL 3 near Cora; IL 3 in East Alton, IL 155 west of Ruma; and Water St in Dupo.

Within the next 24 hours, the River forecast indicates additional closures may be required at IL 3 at Nine Mile Creek near Ellis Grove in Randolph County.

The Department will continue monitoring State roadways in the affected areas of Illinois. Flooding has or will require closure of State Highways and Ferries along the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers as well as several creeks and streams. Over the next several days, we will provide updates, as warranted, when developments occur.

Traffic control devices and directional signage, including dynamic message boards, have been deployed to guide motorists safely around major closures. Travelers are advised to consider alternate routes or allow additional time to travel known flood prone areas. Regardless, all motorists are urged to be patient, reduce speed and exercise added caution throughout the Metro East region – as traffic patterns and travel times will likely be affected.

Since this is a very dynamic situation, please see the Department’s website, http://www.idot.illinois.gov/home/Comm/emergency-road-closures

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The man rescued from the roof of a home in the flooded Meramec was taken to the hospital. He is possibly being treated for hypothermia and tells emergency responders that he was on top of the home all night long.

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The Mississippi river at St. Louis

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A view of I-44 shut down at 141 in Valley Park

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A home was seen floating down the Meramec river.  It was south of Eureka, east of 109.

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The Fire Department has rescued a man sitting on his roof with his dog in the flooded river. The man was rescued safely by emergency responders.

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Person trapped on top of another home floating down the Meramec river. Water rescue underway

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A home is floating down the Meramec river south of Eureka, east of 109.

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Viewer pic: Water at outer road near 44 and 141

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Viewer pics:  Eureka, MO Wednesday morning

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Images from I41 and I-44

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Breaking: I-44 shutdown from I-270 to Rte. 100 – approx. 24 mile stretch.

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Eastbound I-44 Reopening West of Rolla – Both Directions of I-44 Closed in #STL County – Between Bowles Avenue and Route 109

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The Missouri Department of Transportation has closed the section of Route 109 near the Eureka High School due to flooding.

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Train bridge over Meramec. Just east of 141 in Valley Park.

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The Red Cross has opened a shelter at Francis Howell North High School in St. Charles for those affected by flooding. Red Cross volunteers will provide a place to sleep, food, and medical needs for all displaced persons. Those who need emergency assistance can call 314-516-2700.

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Illinois Gov. Rauner issues state disaster proclamation for Calhoun, Jackson, Jersey, Madison, Monroe, Randolph and St. Clair Counties

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The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department issued this statement about a missing international soldier’s body Recovered:

The body of a fifth international soldier that has been missing since the drowning of four other comrades on Saturday evening was recovered today in north Pulaski County. A massive search for the missing man resumed early this morning, which led to his discovery at 11:30 AM. The deceased’s body was found in Tavern Creek, after it was spotted by a Missouri State Highway Patrol helicopter. Apparently, the body had been swept approximately six miles downstream from where the incident initially took place on U-Highway on Saturday. This tragic event began shortly after 8:00 P.M. last Saturday after a vehicle that was occupied by 5 international soldiers drove into a flooded roadway after dark.

The identities of these soldiers cannot yet be released, due to notification of their family members, which is being handled by the U.S. State Department. All five men were on temporary assignment at Ft. Leonard Wood for training, at the time of this incident.

The recovery effort was a multi-agency endeavor that consisted of the Crocker Fire and Police Departments, the Pulaski County Coroner’s Office, the Waynesville Rural Fire Department, the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department, along with the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Marine Divisions from Troop I – Rolla, Troop A – Lee’s Summit, Troop B – Macon, Troop E – Popular Bluff and General Headquarters out of Jefferson City.

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From the Missouri Department of Transportation:

“Drivers in the West Alton, MO area who use Route 67 to cross the Missouri River  will need to determine alternate routes for their commutes. The Missouri Department of Transportation will close the southbound section of Route 67 in St. Charles County between Route 94 and the Missouri River, starting at 5 p.m.  today. With this closure, the southbound lanes of Route 67 are closed between the Clark Bridge and the Missouri River.”

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High Ridge water treatment center

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I-44 at 141 from SkyFOX Helicopter

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Release from Missouri American Water:

The quality of Missouri American Water’s drinking water has NOT been affected by the recent discharge of sewage into the Meramec River. The company is closely monitoring the Meramec River after the flooding of MSD’s Fenton wastewater treatment plant. Our drinking water plants continue to produce good quality water that meets or surpasses all state and federal requirements. We will continue to closely monitor the river and adjust our water treatment processes as needed.

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Salvation Army is assisting in flood relief. This is a release from the charity:

The Salvation Army is active in relief efforts combating flooding in Granite City, Illinois, and in Arnold, Branson,and St. Louis City in Missouri.

Gary Busiek, divisional social services director for The Salvation Army, says, “Canteens, mobile kitchens or food trucks, are part of the overall Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) provided by The Salvation Army through our worship and community centers.” He added, “Providing food and drink for volunteers and first responders is particularly important under current weather conditions and in the performance of high exertion activities like sandbagging,” said Busiek.

In Branson, The Salvation Army is partnering with the Red Cross to provide shelter and relief. At the Fultz Ballfield (Hampton to Gravois, south side of the River Des Peres) in St. Louis, The Salvation Army is on hand in support of the aggressive sandbagging effort.

In Kimmswick, Mo., The Salvation Army Arnold is partnering with commercial businesses and fast food restaurants and serving key meals as needed.

You can help The Salvation Army help your neighbors. Whether it’s disasters of the heart or natural disasters, The Salvation Army provides year-round services to meet human needs. You can donate to the on-going Tree of Lights campaign or specify that funds go to FLOOD RELIEF by visiting http://stlsalvationarmy.org or calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).

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Flood gates closed Rt 3 East Alton Il

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141 and 44 Fenton Mo

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Sunken cars in Kimmswick, MO

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Gravois Road is CLOSED between West Street and Main Street in Olde Towne Fenton

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Rockwood employees sandbagging at Eureka High School

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MSD crews are trying to plug the Poplar Street Pump. It is a 36 inch line and if it is not plugged I-44 will be flooded.

Crews have closed the emergency gate and are now working to pump the water from the Poplar Pump Station. The station is located at 1st and Poplar in downtown St. Louis.

MSD says the problem has been addressed. This should not be an issue.

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The United Way is looking for help:

United Way of Greater St. Louis’ Volunteer Center and AmeriCorps-St. Louis are soliciting volunteers to assist with current and emerging sandbagging and other flood protection efforts following heavy rain in the St. Louis area. Interested individuals should visit STLVolunteer.org to sign up for opportunities in various locations.

Volunteers younger than age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. For safety reasons, no one younger than age 13 is able to volunteer with this project. Volunteers must wear closed-toe shoes, and bring their own gloves, snacks and water if possible.

What: Volunteers needed to help with flood protection. To sign up, visit http://STLVolunteer.org.

When: TODAY and possibly longer based on conditions.

Contact: For more information, visit http://STLVolunteer.org.

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MSD crews are trying to plug the Poplar Street Pump in the depressed section. It is a 36 inch line and if it is not plugged I-44 will be flooded.

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This is the scene right now just after 2pm at eureka high school. Floodwaters have inundated all of the ball fields and is about to get on Highway 109. 

I’m told law enforcement is gathering on the side of 109 preparing to shut it down at the high school. Eureka Police Chief says historical data indicates the closure could happen sometime after 6pm. 
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The Red Cross is helping local flood victims: http://www.redcross.org/mo/st-louis

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Viewer pic, “Wonderful Farmer in Eureka racing against time to get crop out of grain bins.”

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Flooding in Pacific, MO

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Illinois Department of Transportation release:

The Illinois Department of Transportation announces the opening of the following roads: Eldred-Hillview Road in Greene County; IL 143 east of I-55 and IL 4; Old IL 158 and WB I-64 near SAFB; IL 159 north of IL 143. US 40 at Silver Creek in Troy and Marine/St Jacob Road should be open by rush hour.

The following are new road closures due to continued flooding: IL 100 Alton to Pearl closed to through traffic; IL 3 at IL 100 in Grafton; IL 100/96 intersection; IL 96 at Mozier; IL 161 in Mascoutah from SAFB gate to 6th Street; Chester Bridge; and US 67 southbound into Missouri is closed at the Clark Bridge over the Mississippi (northbound is still open).

Roads still closed due to the major flooding within the area: Old Alton–Edwardsville Road in Edwardsville; Chain of Rocks Road between IL 111 and IL 157; I-70 in both directions in Bond County between the 36 and 45 mile markers (Pocahontas to Greenville); Brussels Ferry; IL 3 truck bypass in Chester; US 50 at Silver Creek between O’Fallon and Lebanon in St. Clair County; US 67 southbound in West Alton; Chain of Rocks Road between IL 157 and IL 111 in Madison County; Kaskaskia Street in Chester; and IL 143 west of IL 255 in the Wood River-Edwardsville Area.

Several Levee Districts within District 8 have installed flood control gates. These efforts have closed IL 3 near Cora; IL 3 in East Alton, IL 155 west of Ruma; and Water St in Dupo.

Within the next 36 hours, the River forecast indicates additional closures may be required at US 67 near Broadway in Alton.

The Department will continue monitoring State roadways in the affected areas of Illinois. Flooding has or will require closure of State Highways and Ferries along the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers as well as several creeks and streams. Over the next several days, we will provide updates, as warranted, when developments occur.

Traffic control devices and directional signage, including dynamic message boards, have been deployed to guide motorists safely around major closures. Travelers are advised to consider alternate routes or allow additional time to travel known flood prone areas. Regardless, all motorists are urged to be patient, reduce speed and exercise added caution throughout the Metro East region – as traffic patterns and travel times will likely be affected.

Since this is a very dynamic situation, please see the Department’s website, http://www.idot.illinois.gov/home/Comm/emergency-road-closures

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St. Peters says that all of the Salt River Road is now open

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Release from the City of Arnold:
As of 11:00 am on 12/29/15 the Meramec River was at a level of 39.3 feet. As of this time the river is expected to crest at 46.1 feet on 12/31/2015 and descend to below 40 feet by January 2, 2016.

As of 1:00pm the City of Arnold is opening an Emergency Operations Center. All phone calls for services regarding the flooding situation should be directed to 636-282-6609 during the hours of 8am to 8pm. For after hour emergencies contact the Arnold Police Department at 636-296-2222.

Evacuations are recommended as the flood waters are endangering the residences. Electric and gas services will be disconnected by Ameren UE and Laclede Gas in the effected areas. After gas and electric services are disconnected your home will be deemed uninhabitable by the City of Arnold and you will be required to make other arrangements for your shelter.

Two Command Centers will be setup one in the area of 501 Jeffco Blvd. and in the Bayshore Subdivision.

When evacuating your residence is it important to be aware of rapidly changing changing weather conditions.  The overnight lows will be below freezing, and you should take precautions to prevent broken water pipes should electric or gas service be disconnected. Please turn off your water and open drains etc..

First Baptist Church of Arnold located at 2012 Missouri State Rd. is currently open as an emergency shelter.

Starting at 3pm on 12-29-2015 the Humane Society of Missouri will have a mobile kennel located at First Baptist Church of Arnold to assist with displaced animals.

To see if your residence maybe affected in this flood situation, FEMA has a website of https://msc.fema.gov/portal

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More images of flooding in Union, MO

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Volunteers place sandbags along the River Des Peres

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Eureka High School

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Flooding in Union, MO 

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Residents of the City of West Alton are being told to evacuate immediately.

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Information from the city of Fenton:

There are some additional road closures to tell you about this morning. Below is a list of ALL current closures.

· Old Highway 141 is CLOSED from Gravois Road to Gravois Bluffs Boulevard.
· Water Street is CLOSED from Highway 30 to Gravois Road.
· Ware Street is CLOSED from Water Street to Gravois Road.
· Allen Road south of 141 is CLOSED. Access to Busch Forest Subdivision will be allowed for residents only.
· Larkin Williams Road/Yarnell Road (a.k.a. The River Road) is CLOSED from Mound Street in Olde Towne to Fabricator Drive.
· Riverside Drive is CLOSED between Wolfner Drive and Yarnell Road (River Road.)
· Larkin Williams Road is CLOSED between Riverside Drive and Yarnell Road (River Road.)
· Fenton City Park is CLOSED.

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Route 47 closed in Franklin County, MoDOT says. Route 47 north closed between US 50 and Independence Drive. Route 47 south closed between US 50 and College Road. Motorists should take I-44 to Route 100 as a detour.

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From the Missouri Department of Transportation:

Route 50 closed at Route 47 in Franklin County due to flooding from the Bourbeuse River. Motorists can use Independence Drive as a detour.

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From the Randolph County Emergency Management Agency:

“The Mississippi River bridge at Chester is expected to close around noon on Tuesday. According to information from Perry County, Missouri officials, the flood gates for the Bois Brule levee on Missouri Highway 51 will be set in place. The levee is located near the bridge approach on the Missouri side.

“Closure of the bridge means motorists will have to cross the river at St. Louis or Cape Girardeau. The closure will mostly affect workers at Gilster Mary Lee food packaging plants in McBride and Perryville, the Menard Correctional Center and Chester Mental Health Center, both in Chester, and the TG America plant in Perryville.

“The bridge was closed for several weeks during the 1993 flood.”

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Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department identified two people who drowned Saturday. Fifty-three-year-old Ron Gray and 50-year-old Sandra Tilley were on Highway O when they were swept away by floodwaters.

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According to a statement from the City of Fenton…

· Larkin Williams Road/Yarnell Road (a.k.a. The River Road) is CLOSED from Mound Street in Olde Towne to Fabricator Drive. (This is expanded from this morning.)
· Riverside Drive at Wolfner Drive is CLOSED.
· Larkin Williams Road at Riverside Drive is CLOSED.
· Fenton City Park is CLOSED.

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Per Old Monroe Fire Protection District, Highway 79 at Dyer is closed to Highway C in Lincoln County

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Do you need help? Please call 211 for non-emergencies.You can also contact the Citizens’ Service Bureau at 314-622-4800.

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Mayor Francis Slay has declared a city emergency to respond to rising flood waters. This activates the City’s Emergency Operations Center to coordinate response between city agencies and services. It also allows the City to request resources from the state of Missouri.

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Sandbagging has begun to fortify parts of the River Des Peres levies between Morgan Ford and Alabama. They are looking for volunteers to help with the 20,000 sandbags needed for the operation. Interested volunteers should wear boots and gloves and report to the River Des Peres Park parking lot adjacent to Fultz Baseball Field (just east of Gravois Rd.) beginning at 7 a.m. Tuesday, December 29, 2015.

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Viewer pic from Jessica Marchbanks – “Mallard lake. In Pontoon beach. Ambulance just arrived because they think someone got electrocuted. They shut down the power until further notice.”

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Waterfall at the Gravois Bluffs shopping area in Fenton

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Waterfall at the Gravois Bluffs shopping area in Fenton
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Crews are moving merchandise from the Dickey Bub store in Union Mo @ Hwys 50 &47. This was a former Wal Mart that flooded in 1982

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Sandbagging effort in Newtown at St. Charles

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Washington MO Riverfront

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Monarch-Chesterfield Levee District Press Release:

Agricultural levee protecting undeveloped ground in Chesterfield Valley, Missouri expected to be overtopped; developed areas not threatened

December 28, 2015 – 11:00 a.m. – Chesterfield, Missouri –

Officials of the Monarch-Chesterfield Levee District report today that Missouri River levels near Chesterfield, Missouri are forecasted to reach 35.3 feet at the St. Charles Gauge on Wednesday, December 30. The forecast level is approximately 4 feet below levels experienced in the 1993 flood. Based on this forecast, officials anticipate the Missouri River will overtop an agricultural levee located north of the Monarch-Chesterfield Levee, which is north of Interstate Highway 40/64 in an area known as “Chesterfield Valley”.

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MoDOT press release:

Eastbound I-44 Closed at Hazelgreen Due to Flooding

HAZELGREEN, Mo. – Floodwaters from the Gasconade River have closed the eastbound lanes of Interstate 44 near Hazelgreen in Laclede County.
The detour for motorists and commercial motor carriers traveling eastbound on I-44 is Route 5 to Route 7 to Route 133 to I-44, approximately 49 miles.
The Missouri Department of Transportation has put up barriers at the closures, as well as signs to mark the detours.

“We will continue to monitor this area until the floodwaters recede,” said MoDOT Central District Engineer David Silvester.

Drivers are encouraged to check MoDOT’s Traveler Information Map, located at http://www.modot.org, or call the department’s toll free number, 1-888-ASK-MODOT, to get updated information on road conditions.

Motorists should take extra care in their travels during this time and never attempt to get around roadway barricades or drive across flooded roadways. MoDOT also recommends allowing extra travel time if detours are necessary.

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IDOT Press release on road closures:

The Illinois Department of Transportation announces several current road closures due to the major flooding within the area: IL 143 east of I-55 to IL 4; US 40 at Silver Creek in Troy; Old Alton–Edwardsville Road in Edwardsville; IL 159 north of IL 143; Chain of Rocks Road between IL 111 and IL 157; I-70 in both directions in Bond County between the 36 and 45 mile markers (Pocahontas to Greenville); Brussels Ferry; IL 3 truck bypass in Chester; IL 100 through Grafton; IL 100 North of Grafton; IL 143 in Wood River just West of I-255; Old IL 158 near SAFB; US 50 at Silver Creek between O’Fallon and Lebanon in St. Clair County; US 67 southbound in West Alton; Chain of Rocks Road between IL 157 and IL 111 in Madison County; and Kaskaskia Street in Chester.

Several Levee Districts within District 8 have installed flood control gates. These efforts have closed IL 3 near Cora; IL 155 west of Ruma; and Water St in Dupo.

It should also be noted that IL 143 East of IL 255 in the Wood River-Edwardsville Area has one lane flooded in each direction and should be avoided if possible.

Within the next 36 hours, the River forecast indicates additional closures will be required. They include:
IL 100 from Hardin to North of Kampsville; IL 100 at State Street in Alton; IL 3 at IL 100 in Grafton; IL 100 at IL 96; and US 67 near Broadway in Alton.

The Department will continue monitoring State roadways in the affected areas of Illinois. Flooding has or will require closure of State Highways and Ferries along the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers as well as several creeks and streams. Over the next several days, we will provide updates, as warranted, when developments occur.

Traffic control devices and directional signage, including dynamic message boards, have been deployed to guide motorists safely around major closures. Travelers are advised to consider alternate routes or allow additional time to travel known flood prone areas. Regardless, all motorists are urged to be patient, reduce speed and exercise added caution throughout the Metro East region – as traffic patterns and travel times will likely be affected.

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Larkin Williams Road/Yarnell Road (a.k.a. The River Road) is CLOSED between Highway 30 and Riverside Drive in Fenton

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Viewer video – “Hillview, IL levee breach”

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Two rescued from flood waters near Leonor K. Sullivan & Biddle

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Holiday Mobile Home Park in Pontoon Beach, IL

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MoDOT to close Route 67 from Illinois to Missouri due to flooding 

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