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Dry today, but flood warning remains

The dry out begins today in earnest for the Parkland after more than a week of wet weather systems brought drenching rainfalls, hail, high winds and flooding across the Midwest.

After a cold and windy Thursday that brought between 1 and 3 inches of additional rain to southeast Missouri, along with unseasonably cold temperatures in the 40s, the Parkland will see some sun today under mostly sunny skies and a high of 65 and a low tonight of 50. This is only a nice prelude to what appears will be an almost perfect weekend with lots of sun and highs in the 70s, with only a small chance of rain both days. Saturday and Sunday evening will get a little chilly, however, with expected lows in the 40s.

Now, while there is no rainfall expected throughout southeast Missouri today, remember that the area is still under a Flash Flood Watch issued by the National Weather Service that continues through this morning with flooding of low lying and poor drainage areas, along with potentially dangerous flash flooding on smaller creeks and streams, a possibility. In addition, St. Francois and surrounding counties remain under a Flood Warming until 4:45 this afternoon.

As of press time Thursday, MoDOT was reporting that more than 220 roads remain closed across the state.

MoDOT is reminding motorists that not all flooded roads will have closure signs and is cautioning travelers to never drive through water on the roadway. Instead, motorists should turn around and find an alternate route.

Remember that flash flooding is particularly dangerous at night or the early morning hours when motorists often can not see they are 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.

County roads still closed as of press time Thursday included Route K, F, and B in Reynolds County; Route D, C, F, and Highway 143 in Iron County; Route V in Madison County; and Highway 32, Route V and Route J in Ste. Genevieve County.

A detailed look at next week’s weather will appear in the weekend edition of the Daily Journal. Check the website at www.dailyjournalonline.com for the latest weather information, including NWS-issued watches and warnings.

Jenkins

Jenkins

Kevin Jenkins is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3614 or kjenkins@dailyjournalonline.com

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