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MDC: Ten Mile Pond expected to close due to rising flood waters

Josh Hager, Ten Mile Pond Wildlife Management Biologist, is opening water-control structures on the area to allow flood waters to equalize within the TMP wetland units to prevent internal levee damage on the area. (Photo courtesy: MO Dept of Conservation) Josh Hager, Ten Mile Pond Wildlife Management Biologist, is opening water-control structures on the area to allow flood waters to equalize within the TMP wetland units to prevent internal levee damage on the area. (Photo courtesy: MO Dept of Conservation)
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CAPE GIRARDEAU COUNTY, MO (KFVS) -

The Ten Mile Pond Conservation Area in southeast Missouri is expected to close at some point in the next few days due to rising flood waters.

According to the Missouri Department of Conservation, the closure will happen when flood waters cover the low points on Hwy. FF, which leads off of Hwy. AA and on to Hwy. VV into the conservation area. Other roads leading to Ten Mile Pond are already inaccessible due to high water.

Josh Hager, MDC wildlife management biologist at Ten Mile Pond, said the closure will be indefinite depending on when flood waters recede.

"We hope our area visitors will be patient, as the closure is necessary to ensure public safety," he said.

The closure will include waterfowl hunting on the area, as well as the waterfowl draw conducted daily on the area. Both will resume as soon as flood waters recede and the area can be accessed by vehicles.

Roads to the area become impassible to vehicles during excessive flood events and water levels can make conditions dangerous on the area as well, Hager said.

High water creates conditions too deep for wading, and flood waters may hide water-control structures and other possible hazards to area users.

For updates on the pending closure, you can call the Ten Mile Pond Waterfowl hotline at 573-649-9491.

For a list of more road closures in the Heartland, you can click here.

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