Louisiana bridge may reopen Friday, SEMA plans town damage assessment
The Champ Clark Bridge over the Mississippi River at Louisiana could reopen as soon as tomorrow, Friday, April 26, according to MoDOT. The opening is not definite and the time is unsure.
Meanwhile, Louisiana City Administrator Bob Jenne said the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) will come to town to assess damages for possible emergency help for the city. SEMA help kicks in when damages to homes and commercial property tops $8.2 million, Jenne said. The SEMA investigators have not said when they will arrive.
After cresting Monday at 24.9 feet at Louisiana, the river fell to 23.5 feet at 11:15 a.m. on Thursday, April 26, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The north parking lot at the Louisiana riverfront was almost dry, but the southern part of the lot was still underwater.
The river is expected to continue to recede and is projected to fall to 21.1 feet by Sunday, April 28, despite a forecast of rain on Friday and early Saturday morning, April 27. Flood level at Louisiana is 15 feet.
At Clarksville the river crested Monday at 35.33 feet and was at 34 feet Thursday morning. The river is expected to fall to 32 feet on Sunday. Flood level at Clarksville is 25 feet.