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Rising waters threaten several highways in Tri-States

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Flash flooding swept large debris against the bridge at Marblehead. (WGEM News) Flash flooding swept large debris against the bridge at Marblehead. (WGEM News)
Washed out road on 2700th East, northwest of Camp Point. (Photo/Callie Ruft) Washed out road on 2700th East, northwest of Camp Point. (Photo/Callie Ruft)
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(WGEM) - Rising waters continues to close roadways following Wednesday's severe storms that ripped through the Tri-States.

Power outages and flooded roadways caused over a dozen schools in the area to cancel classes on Thursday. One of the main arteries between northeast Missouri and Iowa, U.S. 61, has now also been closed by the Missouri Department of Transportation at Alexandria.

Highway 336 between the McDonough County and Hancock County line is closed to flooding.

Highway 136 is closed just east of Macomb. U.S. 36 west of Shelbina is now open, but had been closed due to the flooding. Numerous other county roads and small roads are also flooded over in the Tri-States.

(Click here for state-by-state road closure information links)

James Brothers said water usually sits over 50 yards away from his home near Payson, but he woke up to see it just 6 feet away.

"I just couldn't believe how fast that water came up from last night. From pulling in last night and it was dry to going to sleep and then waking up and it's all the way up to your front door you can't even make a good step out."

A local business along the Quincy Riverfront also prepped for rising waters. Richard Cole, owner of The Pier restaurant, had crews install its near 100 foot ramp to allow customers to continue to eat as waters will likely flood the riverfront area.

After 14 years at The Pier, he says prepping for floods is almost routine.

"Well what we do is what we do every year, we put the steel door up on the lower level, which seals the downstairs, we get very little water in there," Cole said. "And then we put the ramp up from the road over, the basement is made out of concrete, it's set up really well to hold the water out, we get very little water infiltration because just at the bottom of the foundation steel door seals everything out."

The Tri-States still is cleaning up from Wednesday's storms that packed wind gusts in excess of 70 miles per hour. The storm took a 3-story chunk out of the Newcomb Hotel.

Adams County Emergency Management Director John Simon warns that other county roads are completely impassible, including the viaduct south of Golden on Highway 94, the road North of Boyle's Corner on Augusta Road, and North Bottom Road north of Rocky Point.

Simon said that crews responded to 3 incidents of cars that were in washed out roadways that had to be rescued in the overnight hours.

In Schuyler County, emergency director Richard Utter is also warning motorists to use caution. Utter said several townships including Birmingham, Camden, Brooklyn and Littleton are experiencing roadway flooding.

"I would advise people to stay on main highways," Utter said. "We're continuing to monitor all roadways." 

In Missouri, the Clark County Sheriff's Office says reports Highway K near Luray, Highway D at both small bridges, Highway A near Wyaconda and Highway NN at the Fox River all closed. Numerous smaller roads in northeast Missouri are also reported as water covered in areas.

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