Temporary MoDOT Barricade Failure Prompted West Alton Evacuation

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – The St. Louis District of the Army Corps of Engineers says that a MoDOT temporary barricade failed on Monday night, causing flooding over Highway 67. This prompted authorities to issue an evacuation notice.

The Corps of Engineers that all federal levees are performing as designed. They are not seeing anything unexpected in a flood of this size.

In a statement released by the Corps of Engineers they say, “Some levees in the area have been over-topped. This is not unusual for larger floods, when river levels rise above smaller levee heights. Levees over-topped in the St. Louis District include Columbia Bottoms and Kuhs in Missouri and Choteau Island in Illinois. In the April flood, the following levees were over-topped: Pike Grain #4, Kissinger, Sandy Creek, Foley, Cap Au Gris, Winfield Main, and Brevator in Missouri, Vandalia in Illinois. A breach resulting from over-topping on the Choteau Island levee has been reported and Corps personnel are on site assisting local efforts.”

There are no breaches on a levee protecting West Alton.

Teams are currently deployed along the Missouri, Mississippi and Illinois Rivers to monitor levees.

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