Wed, 07 Aug 2013 15:03:51 GMT — Miller County officials have declared a State of Emergency for their county due to serious flooding concerns. MIller County 911 Director Mike Arnold said they have been in constant contact with Ameren crews as they prepare to open the Bagnell Dam floodgates. Arnold said once those flood gates are opened, expect the river level to rise 3 feet total. That's why Miller County Sheriff's Deputies are notifying people living in low lying areas. There are no mandatory evacuations, but they do want people to be aware of the rising waters. The opening of the flood gates was pushed back due to multiple water rescues in Miller County, including one at Camp Bagnell. Arnold said the rain is subsiding and other areas of flash flooding are slowly starting to recede. MoDOT said some major routes are closed in that area along the Gasconade River: Route 42 east of Iberia to Route TT is closed due to water over the roadway in two places. Route A west of St. Anthony to Route TT is closed due to water over the roadway. Route 17 at Tavern Creek north of Iberia is closed due to water over the roadway. Motorists should take extra care in their travels during this time and never attempt to get around roadway barriers or drive across flooded roadways. MoDOT also recommends allowing extra travel time if detours are necessary.
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