Illinois Department of Transportation announced Friday morning that Illinois 3 near McClure and Illinois 146 in East Cape Girardeau would close at 7 p.m. because of high water from continuing flooding on the Mississippi River. The closure includes the Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge. The roads will remain closed until floodwaters recede, according to a statement from IDOT.
On the western side of Southern Illinois, Illinois 3 in Randolph County was opened Friday at Nine Mile Creek near Evansville, according to a statement from IDOT District 8.
The following road closures continue due to flooding: Illinois 3 in Chester at the Truck By-Pass (Water Street), Illinois 155 outside of Prairie du Rocher, Kaskaskia Street in Chester and Illinois 3 in Randolph County at Mary's River to the Jackson County line.
A Wednesday statement from the Missouri Department of Transportation said the Chester bridge was expected to reopen on Saturday, June 22. MoDOT said that based on river levels and projections, its bridge engineer was expected to inspect the Horse Island Chute Bridge on Saturday — that's the first step to reopening the Chester bridge. The plans to reopen the Chester bridge were dependent on the results of that inspection, and the weather.
According to a Friday morning statement from the National Weather Service office in Paducah, major flooding continues on the Mississippi River at Cape Girardeau, and moderate flooding continues on the Mississippi at Thebes. Because of recent heavy rainfall, the river was expected to drop very slowly. The river was expected to drop to moderate flooding at Cape Girardeau by Sunday.
On the Ohio River, moderate flooding continues at Cairo, according to the National Weather Service. The Ohio was at minor flood stage at Shawneetown. Crests are expected early next week at those two locations.
Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Wednesday announced the launch of a website, illinois.gov/2019floods, with information about resources available to those impacted by flooding.