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Strong storms flood roads and damage bridges

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NEW MADRID, COUNTY (KFVS) - Severe weather moved through the Heartland leaving a lot of damage in its wake.

Thursday night and early Friday morning rains caused some road closings in Missouri.

Route H from Route 412 to the Arkansas state line was closed on Friday due to flooding from the Black River, according to the Mo. Department of Transportation.

Kentucky appears to be one of the hardest hit areas.  According to Keith Todd with the Kentucky Department of Transportation, strong winds blew some kind of structure out into the street in McCraken County.

Todd says the structure ended up blocking both of the southbound lanes of U.S. 45/Lone Oak road.  Todd says the structure was at the Old Gores Supermarket when it blew out into the street.

Crews quickly got it out of the way.

In Paducah officials report that US 45/US 62/Jackson Street had to be closed at the viaduct in Paducah because of flooding. That is between Joe Clifton Drive and Lone Oak Road in Paducah. 

We're told the water has gone down and the road has reopened.

In Southern Illinois, Pulaski County ESDA Director Ken Kerley says 2 small bridges and a culvert washed out near Olmstead, Illinois.

Kerley says the West Cedar Street Bridge and the Center Church Road bridge, both just west of Olmstead are washed out.   Kerley says the Culvert is on Olmstead road and has a 12 inch gap.

Kerley says crews will head out Friday morning to survey the damage in the daylight.  He advises people in the area to find other ways around the damage.

The National Weather Service also reports three to four inches of water on the road at State Highway 37 on the Pulaski/Johnson county line in southern Illinois.  This is near Whitehill, Illinois.

The National Weather Service said what was once thought a tornado in New Madrid County was in fact a downburst.

The downburst was five miles east of Portageville with peak winds of 75 miles per hour with a path of 300 yards, according to NWS. 

A funnel cloud was seen just to the right of the downburst, as stated by the NWS in Paducah.

According to the New Madrid Sheriff's Department there is a lot of debris and a number of car crashes in the area near Interstate 55.

Two barns were destroyed and several home experienced shingle and siding damage.


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