Metro-East News

Deadly Missouri flooding closes more than 300 roads

The Associated Press

Flooding has closed more than 300 roads across Missouri, making morning commutes challenging.

The Missouri Department of Transportation says the closed roads include several in St. Louis County. Officials also have shut down stretches of Interstate 44 between Rolla and Lebanon, Route 63 near Vienna and Route 50 in Gasconade County.

Three people have died in the Missouri flooding as several rivers have crested at record levels.

The Missouri State Emergency Management Agency counted 143 water rescues statewide but acknowledged that countless others probably weren’t reported. Hundreds of people were evacuated, a levee was topped in a rural area northwest of St. Louis, and a 57-mile stretch of Interstate 44 was closed.