MoDOT refreshes flood safety tips
Wed, 24 Apr 2013 12:00:00 GMT —
Several areas of the Midwest on Tuesday were still dealing with the aftermath of last week's large amount of rain.
Parts of Missouri and Illinois were declared disaster areas by their respective governors, especially cities along the Mississippi and Illinois rivers.
Clarksville, Mo., spent the day sand-bagging to prevent their historic city from being washed away.
Mid-Missouri also kept an eye on the river levels.
So far this year, the official weather reporting station at the Columbia Regional Airport has logged 16.9' of rain, which is almost six more inches than exactly one year ago.
The Missouri River at Jefferson City fell below flood stage this week. However, Chamois and Hermann were still under flood warnings Tuesday night.
Flooding can be a hassle when trying to plan daily activities, but can turn hazardous when the proper safety precautions aren't taken.
"If they do come across a road that's not yet been barricaded we always advise them to not go ahead and drive through it. Never drive through it. Never drive through standing water, it can be very dangerous. Just a few inches of water can carry a car away or a motor vehicle off the road, so we encourage them to call us," said Sally Oxenhandler, MoDOT customer relations manager.
Besides blocking roads, MoDOT uses social media and the internet to get vital information to the public.
"The primary tool we use is our traveler information map that's located on our website at modot.org and as roads are closed due to flooding that information is placed on the map. As roads open and flood waters recede, we take those closures off the map. We always encourage folks to check that map before they travel and then they can find out what highways might be closed because of flooding," said Oxenhandler.