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Flood warning in effect all week as roads begin to reopen

Granite City mobile home park still flooded

The Lake Shore Estates mobile home park is still flooded a week after heavy rains descended upon southern Illinois and Missouri. Electricity and gas were turned off to the flooded homes.
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The Lake Shore Estates mobile home park is still flooded a week after heavy rains descended upon southern Illinois and Missouri. Electricity and gas were turned off to the flooded homes.

Several area roads were still closed Monday morning as inspection crews mobilized to check whether they were clear of flood waters.

U.S. 50 at Silver Creek reopened Monday afternoon, with traffic flowing in both directions on the roadway closed since last week.

Illinois 3 at Illinois 100 in Grafton and Illinois 3 at Ninemile Creek also were expected to reopen Monday afternoon.

Other roads remained closed in Alton, Wood River, Grafton and Chester. In Granite City, more than 50 residents were still without power because of flooding.

The Missouri Department of Transportation remained “hopeful” the Chester Bridge would reopen Wednesday afternoon, the Randolph County Herald Tribune reported. The decision to reopen depends on the forecast and how long it takes to reopen flood gates, spokesman Brian Okenfuss told the newspaper.

Major river flooding was expected to continue across parts of western Illinois and eastern Missouri this week.

A few strong to severe thunderstorms are possible Wednesday afternoon and evening in the metro-east, according to the National Weather Service in St. Louis.

A flood warning continues for the Mississippi River at St. Louis until Sunday, May 14. Quincy, Hannibal, Grafton, Alton, Chester and other points along the river are under the flood warning.

The forecast for the metro-east from the National Weather Service:

Today ... Increasing clouds, with a high near 80. Calm wind becoming southeast around 6 mph in the morning.

Tonight ... Partly cloudy, with a low around 66. South wind 3 to 6 mph.

Tuesday ... Sunny, with a high near 86. West wind 5 to 9 mph.

Tuesday Night ... Partly cloudy, with a low around 63. West wind 5 to 8 mph becoming calm after midnight.

Wednesday ... A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 2 p.m. Partly sunny, with a high near 82. Calm wind becoming west around 6 mph in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night ... Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 8 p.m. Cloudy, with a low around 61. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent.

Thursday ... Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 8 a.m. Cloudy, with a high near 71. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent.

Thursday Night ... A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 53.

Friday ... A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 8 a.m. Partly sunny, with a high near 68.

Friday Night ... Mostly clear, with a low around 50.

Saturday ... Mostly sunny, with a high near 71.

Saturday Night ... Partly cloudy, with a low around 51.

Sunday ... Mostly sunny, with a high near 71.

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