(KFVS) - U.S. Highway 61 is back open from Sikeston to Matthews, Missouri.
According to the New Madrid County Sheriff's Office, Hwy. 61 is back open after downed power lines and storm damage littered the road.
Crews have now cleaned up all the debris.
Night of Disaster
Two people are dead and widespread damage is being reported all across the Heartland after severe weather on Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning.
All of the Heartland was under a risk of severe weather, including tornadoes.
Gov. Eric Greitens issued a statement on the Perryville tornado:
Sikeston DPS said they received various reports of damage to property, downed trees, downed utility lines and intermediate power outages.
According to Perryville police, there were about a dozen homes destroyed along the Moore Drive and Highway 61 area. This was along the path of the tornado that hit on I-55.
According to the Missouri Department of Public Safety, three strike teams of state and regional fire, search and rescue and EMS were activated and deployed to Perryville.
A confirmed tornado touched down in Perryville, Mo.
Multiple buildings were destroyed. When the tornado passed over I-55, it reportedly took structures with it.
The Franklin County Emergency Management Agency posted on Facebook that a confirmed tornado affected the western section of the county on Tuesday evening. There was damage to homes.
Teacup-size hail was reported in Benton, Ill.
Two homes were destroyed in Vergennes, Ill. One home was in the middle of the road and later bulldozed aside.
Five people inside a home were hiding in the basement and all made it out alive.
One home near Ava, Illinois was torn apart and off of its foundation. Luckily, the family wasn't home at the time.
The sheriff's office also had reports of minor injuries from flying debris. Other unconfirmed reports of damaged outbuildings and vehicles were reported.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says Lyon County appears to be among the hardest hit areas overnight on Tuesday. On Wednesday morning, KYTC said the KYTC Dist. 1 bridge crew was dispatched to help the Lyon County Highway Maintenance Crew with opening highways around the county. All state highways in Lyon County are now passable. Tree limbs have been cut up and pushed aside. Drivers are asked to use caution while utility crews work to restore power through much of the day. Crews will likely spend much of the next week going back to many locations to remove trees and limbs from state right of way. Numerous barns around the county have been severely damaged or destroyed. Several homes are reported to have damage.
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