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04 Jun 2019 | 01:58 AM UTC

US: Historic flooding continues in Midwest June 3 /update 5

United States of America News Alert

Major flooding continues in Midwest as of June 3 along with associated road closures and damage; more rain forecast for the region in coming days

TIMEFRAME expected from 5/30/2019, 12:00 AM until 6/5/2019, 11:59 PM (America/Chicago). COUNTRY/REGION Oklahoma, Missouri, Illinois, Arkansas

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Event

Major flooding continues across the Midwest, particularly along major rivers including the Missouri, Mississippi, and Arkansas rivers, as of Monday, June 3. In many areas, flood levels are at the highest levels since the Flood of 1993 and water levels are expected to rise in the coming days. Along the Missouri and Mississippi rivers, water levels are at 4.5 m (15 ft) above flood stage. According to officials, at least 43 levees in Missouri state have been topped with some failing, prompting evacuations. Additionally, around 400 roads have been closed. Further rain is expected in the region in the coming days and could exacerbate existing conditions.

Advice

Individuals in the affected areas are advised to monitor flood levels, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities (e.g. evacuation orders, road closures), anticipate road closures and other transportation disruptions, continued flooding, and possible disruptions to water and utility supplies, never drive through flooded roads, and remember that running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) is enough to knock over an adult and affect driving - and floodwater may contain wastewater and chemical products.

 

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