JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri — MoDOT says flash flooding has closed 150 roads across the state, mostly in southern Missouri. Predicted rainfall amounts will likely close additional roadways throughout the weekend and possibly into next week. Motorists should check Missouri’s Traveler Information Map at www.modot.org before traveling.
“Motorists are reminded that not all flooded roads will have closure signs. MoDOT cautions all travelers to never drive through water on the roadway. Turn around and find an alternate route. Remember the slogan, “Turn Around, Don’t Drown.” Flash flooding is particularly dangerous at night or the early morning hours when motorists often cannot see they’re driving into floodwaters until it’s too late. Less than a foot of moving water is enough to push a vehicle.”
When the water recedes, MoDOT will inspect the pavement and bridges for safety before opening the roadways for public use.
Missourians should take these precautions in areas affected by flooding:
Low water crossings are among the most dangerous spots. Never attempt to cross one that is flooded.
Never drive past a barricade closing flooded roads. They are there to protect you.
Never expect barriers to block off flooded low-water crossings, bridges or roads because flash flood waters often rise so quickly authorities do not have time to respond.
If your vehicle becomes stuck in rising water, get out quickly and move to higher ground because rapidly rising water may engulf the vehicle and sweep it away.
In the rain, if your wipers are in use your headlights should be on too. It’s the law.
Check MoDOT’s Traveler Information Map to stay current on all flooding closures at http://traveler.modot.org/map/. The map is also available as a free app on iTunes and Google play listed as MoDOT Traveler Information.
You can also call 1-888-ASK-MoDOT (275-6636) for up-to-date information.