Floodwater receding, roads reopening

Photo courtesy of the County Journal.

TOURING THE FLOOD AREA–On Monday, June 17, Congressman Mike Bost visited Prairie du Rocher to view the flooding and to tour the levees. Bost, at right, is pictured talking with Levee Commissioner Steve Gonzalez.

Following the river cresting early last week, water levels are continuing to drop.

According to the National Weather Service, the Mississippi River at Chester crested at 46.52 feet, which was the second highest crest on record. As of June 18 at 1:30 p.m., the river had dropped down to 43.46 feet.

With the flood waters receding, some roads have been able to reopen. This includes State Route 3 at Nine Mile Creek, which reopened on Saturday, June 15.

While the Chester Bridge over the Mississippi River closes when flooding reaches 44 feet and covers the approach on the Missouri side, as of this Tuesday afternoon, the bridge had not been reopened yet.

The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) noted in a June 14 press release that reopening the bridge is not a quick process.

For more on the flooding conditions, please see this week’s print edition.