I-44 reopens, more rain expected
ROLLA, MO (KTVI) – Flood waters closed about 12 miles of Interstate 44 near Rolla, Missouri, Wednesday. The water receded enough Wednesday night to allow MoDOT to open the eastbound lanes of I-44 around 5:30am Thursday. All westbound lanes were opened around 6:30am.
At some points along I-44 Wednesday, the roadway was entirely under water.
Other state roads were also closed after the rains caused flash flooding, including Route 63 south of Vienna in Maries County.Thursday morning MoDOT was also able to re-open Route 63 at Westphalia.
MoDOT officials continue to monitor high water levels near Route 50 at Mount Sterling, but Route 50 remains open at this time.
More than 40 roads throughout the state, mostly in central Missouri, remain closed due to flooding.
Traffic was backed up for miles Wednesday along I-44 and surrounding roads as drivers tried to find alternatives. Many vehicles were stuck for hours.
There was no rain in the area Wednesday night, but rain is expected Thursday.
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