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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- Rising waters are forcing more and more road closures around the bi-state area. FOX 2's Lisa Hart is live at MoDOT headquarters in Town and Country with the latest from officials.

Authorities say a stretch of Interstate 44 in central Missouri is completely closed because of flooding.

The Missouri State Department of Transportation announced Tuesday morning that the closure is affecting eastbound and westbound lanes just west of Rolla in Phelps County. Transportation officials say drivers using detour routes should expect delays and longer travel times.

Closures also were a problem Monday, with westbound traffic stopped in Phelps County and eastbound traffic closed in Laclede County. At one point, transportation officials were able to reopen one of the closed lanes in both counties.