MSHP Urges Caution During Flooding

June 5, 2013

The Missouri State Highway Patrol is reminding residents that flooding continues to affect safey on both water and roadways.

The weekend’s storms created flooding issues across the state and three fatalities have resulted from flooding so far. Many roads near or that cross over waterways are still under water and should be considered impassable and extremely dangerous to cross.

For their safety and that of their passengers, drivers are reminded to stay alert while driving in areas known to flood. Drivers must respect barriers or barricades put in place by the Missouri Department of Transportation, it is extremely dangerous and a violation of state law to drive around them.

Never drive through fast-moving waters; even a small amount of fast-moving water can sweep a slow-moving vehicle off the roadway. If a vehicle becomes stuck in rising water, drivers should get out quickly and move to higher ground.

The MSHP is also asking boaters to take extra precautions in flooded areas. Many areas of Missouri have experienced large amounts of rainfall over the last week causing rivers and lakes to become swollen. In areas where lakes or rivers have spilled over the banks, erosion and damage can occur to flooded structures, docks, or water laden levees by boat wakes. Boaters should avoid operating in these areas. If operation in these areas is necessary, boaters should operate at idle speed so as not to cause a wake.

Flooded rivers and streams with moving currents present some of the most dangerous situations a boater can encounter. Fast moving water can easily capsize or flip a boat, especially when combined with fixed objects such as trees and buildings. Boaters should avoid any operations in these swift flowing waters.