Flood Impact Grows in Region

Jun 10, 2019

In Alexander County, a post on Facebook indicates the Mayor of East Cape Girardeau is issuing an evacuation for the East Cape trailer park ONLY.

Power to the trailer park will be shut off Tuesday morning for safety. There is no levee breach, this is for the trailer park only and is due to seep water.

Water is creeping up on Route 3 in several places around McClure and Gale.

Another site on Route 3 near McClure where floodwaters are covering a portion of the roadway on June 10, 2019.
Credit Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

A flagger started directing traffic on Route 3 Monday where water covered the road in the northbound lane, just south of the Route3-Highway 146 intersection.

Some other places are almost covered to the centerline, especially on the northbound side. In other areas,
it's just beginning to touch the white line on the shoulder.

Warning signs mark trouble areas, but Route 3 is still drivable.

A sign marks a location on Route 3 near McClure where floodwaters are covering a portion of the northbound lane of the roadway on June 10, 2019.
Credit Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin says he is talking with federal officials about assistance for flooding in southwestern Illinois but doesn't want to ``make any promises.''

The Democrat toured flooded areas on Saturday and met with officials from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency. The agency has mobilized round-the-clock teams to assist in the flooding fight in the region.

Overly saturated levees are prompting state and local officials to recommend that residents evacuate.

Authorities in Monroe County issued an evacuation order on Sunday for residents living in low-lying areas or near water and a curfew of the restricted area.

The state has mobilized more than 400 National Guard members and established a unified command center.

Water levels are falling along the Missouri River and upper sections of the Mississippi River as the latest surge moves downstream.

The Mississippi was expected to crest Monday at Cape Girardeau at its fifth-highest level on record, closing floodgates and inundating some farmland. But, in the St. Louis area, rivers were slowly returning to normal - a process that could take weeks.

Statewide in Missouri, nearly 340 roads remain closed, mostly in communities located near the Missouri and Mississippi rivers. They have been flooding off and on since March, overtopping and breaching dozens of levees.