Flooding closes bridges, roads across the Tri-States as fight continues
QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -
As the Tri-States continued its flood fight, Quincy's Memorial Bridge closed Monday morning.
The Mississippi River crested in some places, but sandbagging efforts continuedin some areas.
Here's what's going on around the Tri-States:
Illinois Department of Transportation
IDOT officials say eastbound lanes across Quincy's Memorial Bridge closed Monday morning because of projected river levels.
The process began around 9a.m. The Bayview Bridge is set-up to handle both eastbound and westbound traffic.
There's no word yet on when the bridge could be reopened.
The news comes after several closures over the weekend, including Champ Clark Bridge, at Louisiana, and Hwy 79, near Hannibal.
Adams County, Illinois
Emergency Management Director John Simon says everything should be fairly calm if the crest prediction stays at 27 feet. Officials were looking at the patterns Monday morning. Sandbags were being stockpiled at Indian Graves Monday morning, as inmates with the Department of Corrections filled them. Marion County, Missouri
Emergency Management Director John Hark says officials are in a wait-and-see situation. The challenge has been the changing crest predictions.
MoDOT says MO 79 is closed south of Hannibal just south of Sawyers Creek and Mark Twain Cave. The highway is flooded from just south of the entrance to Sawyers Creek and the cave to just south of Continental Cement main entrance. Access to tourist attractions such as Lovers Leap, Mark Twain Cave and Campground, and Sawyer's Creek remain open to the public.
Lewis County, Missouri
David Keith says officials are waiting to see what happens. Everything needing to be moved in LaGrange was moved last week. Keith says the Mark Twain Casino parking lot is flooded up to the back door. The LaGrange post office has moved to the back of City Hall. MoDOT says flood gates are installed just north of Canton and Route B is closed from MO 16 in Canton to US 61. Route B on Business Route 61 north through areas of LaGrange is also closed.
Ralls County, Missouri
Ralls County Sheriff's Office says Route E is closed from 79 East to Lock and Dam 22 at Saverton. Residents in Monkey Run on Highway 79 say they're relying on sump pumps to pump water out.
Lee County, Iowa
The river crested at Keokuk at midnight at 23.4 feet.
One lane at Keokuk Bridge approach in Hamilton is closed.
There is a detour in Fort Madison on 2nd Street leading to the bridge.
Indian Graves Levee District
Illinois Department of Corrections inmates were filling sandbags Monday for stockpiling.
Sny Levee District
Inmates at the Pittsfield work camp were filling sandbags Monday for the Sny Levee in case they are needed and sandbags were being placed along the levee.
Clark County, Missouri
US 61 is closed at Alexandria about 2.4 miles east of US 136 near the Des Moines River Bridge.
Pike County, Missouri
MO 79 is closed from south of Louisiana to south of Clarksville in several places. Champ Clark Bridge over the Mississippi River at Louisiana is closed. There was flooding on the Illinois approach to the bridge Monday. Traffic is detouring over US 54, US 61 and I-72 to the Mark Twain Memorial Bridge at Hannibal. Detour signs are posted in multiple places. MO 79 is closed in low areas of Louisiana from South Carolina Street to Delaware Street near Noix Creek to .62 miles south of Route D. 79 is also closed south of Louisiana one mile north and south of Route N junction. Flooding begins .16 miles north of Route N to .4 miles south of Route N. Route N is flooded at the junction of MO 79 at the north edge of Clarksville; there is no access from Route N to MO 79. Route N is closed from Pike County Road 234 east to MO 79. MO 79 is closed south of Clarksville in low areas south of Route W in city limits of Clarksville. Flooding is reportedbeginningg just south of Route W to just south of the city limits of Clarksville near Eagles Bluff Golf Course. Route P is closed east of the levee at the Mississippi River Access. Route W is closed at MO 79 in Clarksville for one block from Third Street to MO 79.
Thursday, August 28 2014 5:39 PM EDT2014-08-28 21:39:51 GMT
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