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U.S. 50 closed again, even as flooding starts to recede in region

U.S. 50 west of Lebanon closed again Friday due to flooding

Transportation officials closed U.S. 50 west of Lebanon again on Friday due to water on the roadway.
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Transportation officials closed U.S. 50 west of Lebanon again on Friday due to water on the roadway.

The stretch of U.S. 50 west of Lebanon has been closed again due to rising flood water, according to St. Clair County Emergency Management Agency.

The highway was closed earlier in the week due to flooding, but reopened Wednesday morning.

St. Clair County EMA reported the new closure began Friday morning. The roadway was closed between Belleville Street in Lebanon and Reider Road in O’Fallon.

Illinois Department of Transportation’s live road-closure map showed most metro-east roadways were open Friday morning. But a section of Marine Road between St. Jacob and Marine also was closed Friday morning due to flooding. The closed section, between Hickory Flat Road and Lake Drive, was expected to reopen later Friday.

The Illinois Department of Transportation issued a road update Friday morning. The following roads were listed as closed:

▪  Illinois 3 at Nine Mile Creek near Ellis Grove in Randolph County

▪  Chester Bridge in Chester to Perryville, Missouri.

▪  Illinois 100 at Illinois 96 in Kampsville

▪  Illinois 3 south of Chester

▪  Illinois 3 truck bypass (Water Street) in Chester

▪  Kaskaskia Street in Chester

▪  Illinois 155 in Prairie Du Rocher

The following roads had restricted traffic:

▪  Illinois 143 at Illinois 255 in Wood River was one-lane in both directions

▪  U.S. 67 from Clark Bridge going into Missouri would have one lane of two-way traffic in northbound lanes

The following roads were to open later on Friday, though IDOT did not list a time:

▪  Marine-St. Jacob Road

▪  Interstate 255 southbound ramp onto State Street

In addition, the Brussells Ferry was listed as closed.

The situation was improving somewhat for Missouri residents hit hardest by the flooding, but the Mississippi River wasn’t expected to crest for several more days.

AccuWeather officials reported that flooding will occur along the middle and lower Mississippi River through the middle of May and through the end of the month for some areas.

“The larger the stream, the longer it takes for flooding to cycle through,” a release from the agency stated. “Small creeks in mountainous or hilly areas can flood in a matter of minutes and hours, while the largest rivers in nearly flat terrain sometimes take days and a week or more for water to drop below flood stage.”

The metro-east is in for a stretch of dry, sunny weather after a week of torrential rains pushed rivers out of their banks and caused road closures across the region.

The waters should recede as sunshine returns to the area throughout the weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

A flood warning on the Mississippi River, affecting both Missouri and Illinois, remained in place Friday until 9 a.m.

Tiffany Kerley speaks at Lake Shores Estates, near Granite City, where her mobile home is located. Around 25 people evacuated the area Monday, and others may soon need to follow suit.

In the metro-east, flooding forced some residents of a mobile home development near Granite City to evacuate, with Ameren cutting off power to a portion of the homes threatened by high waters in that area.

The weekend forecast:

Today ... Sunny, with a high near 66. North wind 11 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 32 mph.

Tonight ... Mostly clear, with a low around 51. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light and variable.

Saturday ... Sunny, with a high near 70. North wind 9 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Saturday night ... Mostly clear, with a low around 44. North wind 5 to 9 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Sunday ... Sunny, with a high near 68. Northwest wind 3 to 6 mph.

Sunday night ... Mostly clear, with a low around 47.

Flooding on Thursday morning closed Illinois 158, between Illinois 161 and Illinois 177, near Scott Air Force Base.

The extended forecast, with a chance of rain Monday and then again Wednesday and Thursday

Monday ... A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1 p.m. Partly sunny, with a high near 69.

Monday night ... Mostly cloudy, with a low around 55.

Tuesday ... Mostly sunny, with a high near 80.

Tuesday night ... Partly cloudy, with a low around 60.

Wednesday ... A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 79.

Wednesday night ... A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 57.

Thursday ... A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 69.

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