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Historic Flooding Shuts Down I-44

LACLEDE COUNTY, Mo. -- Historic flooding in Laclede County has Interstate 44 shut down in both directions just northeast of Lebanon.

There was record breaking flooding at Gasconade River on Sunday.

I-44 between Lebanon and Haelgreen has been shut down since around nine Sunday morning. 

Eastbound traffic is being diverted at Highway F and westbound at 63.

The Gasconade River reached 35.2 feet this afternoon.

Its record before that was 34.9 feet.

MoDOT expected water levels here to rise up to 37 feet but are unsure exactly when.

Onlookers found back roads to come see the high water over the bridge.

While some flooding in this area has happened before, they said it was nothing close to what they saw today .

"I've never seen this before," Adam Pitts, Lebanon resident, said.

"I've lived here for 30 years and I've never seen it like this," Denise Henson, Lebanon resident, said.

"It's going tobe pretty bad, so this is why we are saying this is going to be closed down for a while and we are really going to have to make sure that there is no structural damage," Tyann Alexander, maintenance supt., central district MoDOT, said.

MoDOT anticipates the water to rescede by Tuesday.

After it goes down, MoDOT will clean up the debris, and inspect the bridge before they open it back up.

 


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