Flood Update: Bridge, Hwy. 79 closed, Clarksville hanging on, river to crest Tuesday
Citizen volunteers, female prisoners and National Guard personnel continued to fight the rising Mississippi River in Clarksville on Saturday, April 20.
A large flood wall was in place along Front Street and workers stayed busy sandbagging businesses and homes in on streets leading to the river in the historic downtown area.
Mayor Jo Anne Smiley said crews were working diligently to keep Clarksville dry.
Hwy W was the only route into Clarksville as the river has come over Hwy. 79 north of town near the old Holcim Cement plant and at the south edge of town, surrounding the Apple Shed.
Meanwhile, the Champ Clark Bridge over the Mississippi River at Louisiana was closed at 7:30 Saturday morning. The National Weather Service expects the flood to crest until early Tuesday morning, April 23 in Louisiana and Clarksville, but more rain was predicted for Monday night and Tuesday.
Missouri and Illinois officials will not reopen the bridge until the water recedes and the road is clear for safe travel. Motorists should proceed to Hannibal or St. Louis to make river crossings, according to MoDOT.
Hwy. 79 is underwater in the south end of Louisiana, blocking access south to Clarksville. The new wastewater treatment plant is surrounded by water. Delaware Street is also inundated and businesses and homes in the area have been evacuated.