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Rising Waters Poised to Overtake Interstate 29 in Missouri

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ROCK PORT, Mo. (KMOX) – Flood waters threaten to cover roadways in northwest Missouri Wednesday afternoon.

Elaine Justus, community relations manager in MODOT’s northwest district, said there’s “no question” that most highways west of I-29 to the river are in danger; the interstate itself is also at risk.

“We’re just monitoring it hour by hour to see if it’s gonna be necessary to close Interstate 29,” she said. “We have alternate plans and alternate routes in place ready to mobilize should the water actually go over the road.”

I-29 is still open in Missouri, but parts of it were closed in Iowa.

Justus warned drivers that moving water on roads, even small amounts, is dangerous and that people should not try to drive through it.

“All I would ask is that people not go around barricades and do not attempt to drive through moving water,” she said. “Even if it looks shallow, do not attempt to drive through it.”

Justus said as little as four inches of moving water can carry cars away, even if it’s moving slowly.

She promised MODOT would keep a sharp eye out for encroaching flood waters, shuffling drivers around through shifting detours to keep them safe.

“It’s going to be a kind of a hopscotch effect for the next little while until we know what exactly this high water is going to do,” she said.

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