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Current Flooding Information
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You should be cautious when driving or walking in flood-susceptible areas because:
- Six inches of moving water can knock you off your feet.
- Two feet of floodwater can float your car.
- Water moving at two miles-per-hour is capable of sweeping a car off a road or bridge.
Avoid flood-susceptible areas, especially low-lying streets where water commonly pools. Never attempt to walk or drive through a water-covered roadway, and beware of rising, swift-moving water.
If you are driving and come upon rapidly rising waters, turn around and find another route. If your route is blocked by barricades, find another route. Barricades are put up by state or local officials to protect travelers from unsafe roads. Driving around them can be a serious risk.
- The road may be washed out below the water surface.
- Your vehicle may stall or get stuck in the water, and then get pushed off the road. Once off the road, vehicles often start to roll, making escape difficult or impossible.
- Many flood-related deaths in the United States are the result of an attempt to move a stalled vehicle.
- WATCH FOR WILD LIFE. Deer and other wildlife may be driven into the open and forced to cross highways to escape rising waters.
How do I prepare for a flood?
Nearly one-half of all flash flood fatalities are vehicle-related. Follow these safety rules to protect yourself and others.
- Listen to your radio, TV or National Weather Service radio for the latest information on weather conditions that can cause flooding.
- If flooding occurs, move to higher ground as quickly as possible. You will not be able to outrun the flood.
- Never park your vehicle along streams, if there is a threat of flooding.
- Be especially caution at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers.
Be prepared: Make sure you have enough fuel in your vehicle for an emergency evacuation. Learn the safest route from your home or place of business to safe, high ground should you have to evacuate in a hurry. Have a “Go Bag” packed in the event of an evacuation. Contents should include:
- Copies of your important documents in a waterproof and portable container (insurance cards, photo IDs, proof of address, etc.)
- Extra set of car and house keys
- Credit and ATM cards and cash
- Bottled water and nonperishable food, such as energy or granola bars
- Flashlight and battery-operated AM/FM radio with extra batteries
- Medications and first aid kit
- Child care supplies or other special care items
What if I need to travel to a flooded area?
MoDOT offers the following safety tips for travelers:
Stay tuned: Listen to your radio, TV or National Weather Service radio for the latest information on weather conditions that can cause flooding.
Avoid flooded areas: Avoid flood-susceptible areas, especially low-lying streets where water commonly pools.
Don't cross flooded roadways: Never attempt to walk or drive through water covered or flooded roadways, and beware of rising, swift-moving water. Two feet of water can carry away most automobiles. Road beds may be washed out under flood waters.
Turn Around: Never drive around barriers that warn you the road is flooded – turn around and find another route. If your route is blocked by barricades, find another route. Barricades are put up by state or local officials to protect travelers from unsafe roads. Driving around them can be a serious risk.
Leave your vehicle immediately: Get out and seek higher ground if your vehicle is suddenly caught in rising water.
Help others: If you see a nonbarricaded, water-covered roadway or major obstruction, such as a blocked culvert or bridge opening, call the local law enforcement agency so they can alert the appropriate road agency. Warn children to not play near swollen creeks or rivers, storm drains, culverts and bridges, or on flooded streets and roadways.