High waters close roads in Heartland as rain moves out

Published: Nov. 18, 2015 at 1:16 AM CST|Updated: Nov. 23, 2015 at 5:09 PM CST
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Another power pole down behind the First Christian Church in Carterville. (Source: cNews)
Another power pole down behind the First Christian Church in Carterville. (Source: cNews)

(KFVS) - The rain is moving out of the Heartland but the showers left behind downed trees and power lines. In some cases, low lying areas are flooded.

KY 123 in Hickman Co. reopened on Nov. 23 from the 14 to 16 mile marker after it was closed due to high water.

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, several roads in Wayne County, Mo. are closed due to flooding. The closed roads include: highway C near Bear Creek, Highway E near County Road 501, and Highway F near Eads School Road.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet reports KY 1255/Bonds Road in McCracken County is back open to traffic after being closed due to high water. This road serves as the detour route for a bridge replacement project along KY 348 in the Hardmoney community.

According to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, there are several roads in Carlisle County that have water over the road. The roads include: KY 1820 near the 1 mile marker, KY 1628 near the 0 mile maker, and KY 1628 near the 3 mile marker. Signs are up to alert drivers.

As of 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Ameren Missouri reports 20 customers are without power in Cape Girardeau County, Mo. Other customers without power include 31 in Dunklin County.

Ameren Illinois reports 22 customers in Jackson County were without power and 50 in Williamson County.

A viewer sent us some pictures of a couple of utility poles down in Carterville, Ill. behind the First Christian Church. That road is currently blocked.

According to Carterville Fire Chief Ron Rains, there was a small electrical fire on the outside of a home in the 100 block of Pine St. He said this was likely caused by a utility pole that fell down.

Rains said there are two poles down on Pine Street and Virginia Ave. and another utility pole has a lot of stress on it.

Ameren is on the scene and has disconnected the power.

Flash flood warnings were issued in Missouri for Cape Girardeau and Perry counties until 11 p.m.; and Bollinger, Butler, Stoddard and Wayne Counties until 10:45 p.m.

According to some Heartland emergency managers, there have been six flood-related deaths this year in the Heartland. That's the most in a decade. Five of those were people who made the decision to drive around barricades.

Officers say they will issue citations for stranding yourself in a car, especially if barricades are up.

A resident in Matthews, Mo. reports seeing 4.7 inches of rain since Monday morning.

You can sign for Severe Weather text alerts by texting the word "Storm" to 91212. You should receive a bounce-back message asking for your county. Reply with your county name, all one word.

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