UPDATED 2:02 p.m. – The eastbound lanes of Interstate 70 have reopened in St. Charles County, according to the Missouri Department of Transportation’s Twitter page. Both directions of I-70 are now open.

Check road conditions before you go at MoDOT’s Traveler Information Map.

Click to see the IDOT Emergency Road Closure List.

Story updated 12/28 at 7:30 a.m.

JEFFERSON CITY – The westbound lanes of Interstate 70 in St Charles County near Route 79 in St Peters have reopened.  The eastbound lanes of I-70 remain closed due to the flooding of Dardenne Creek.

Motorists who need to use eastbound I-70 in St Charles County can exit at Interstate 64 eastbound to Route 364 eastbound. Route 364 connects to Interstate 270 in St. Louis County and from there motorists can reconnect to Interstate 70.  Eastbound I-70 is completely closed from Bryan Road (mile marker 216) to Mid Rivers Mall Drive (mile marker 222) due to this flooding.

In addition, Interstate 49 reopened Sunday night in Carthage, Missouri. There are more than 180 roads closed across the state due to flooding.

Motorists who travel today are advised to have their headlights on, watch for ponding water on highways and slow down.  If a road is closed due to flooding, do not drive through. Turn around and don’t drown. Check road conditions before you go at MoDOT’s Traveler Information Map.

Click to see the IDOT Emergency Road Closure List.

Story updated 12/27 3:05 p.m.

The Missouri Department of Transportation says both directions of Interstate 70 have been closed in St Charles County near Route 79 in St Peters due to rising flood waters from the Dardenne Creek.

The eastbound lanes closed around noon Sunday, and the westbound lanes closed around 2:30 p.m.

Interstate 70 is not expected to reopen until Monday afternoon.

Motorists who need to use eastbound I-70 in St Charles County can exit at Interstate 64 eastbound to Route 364 eastbound. Route 364 connects to Interstate 270 in St. Louis County and from there motorists can reconnect to Interstate 70. Westbound I-70 travelers will have to exit the highway at Route 94 in St Charles. They can take westbound Route 94 to westbound I-64 to connect back to I-70.

Story updated 12/27 at 1:15 p.m.

The Missouri Department of Transportation sent KMOX some additional details on the eastbound Interstate 70 closure.

The closure of eastbound I-70 near Route 79 in St. Peters was due to rising flood waters from Dardenne Creek. The road closed around noon Sunday and is not expected to reopen until late Sunday night or early Monday.

MoDOT says drivers who need to use eastbound I-70 in St. Charles County can exit at Interstate 64 eastbound to Route 364 eastbound. Route 364 connects to Interstate 270 in St. Louis County and from there motorists can reconnect to Interstate 70.

Approximately 180 roads are closed across the state due to flooding, according to MoDOT.

Our earlier story:

ST. LOUIS (AP) – Heavy rain has pushed creeks and rivers out of their banks in Missouri, forcing closures of several roadways, including a portion of Interstate 70.

The National Weather Service on Sunday issued flash flood warnings for sections of eastern, central and southwest Missouri, where three to six inches of rain fell during the weekend, and up to four inches more of rain was expected through Monday.

The Missouri Department of Transportation reported on its website that an eastbound section of I-70 in St. Charles County was closed Sunday afternoon because of water over the roadway. The department says several county roads around the state were also closed because of flooding.

Earlier Sunday, on I-70 outside St. Louis vehicles were backed up for miles as motorists eased their way through high water.

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