UPDATE: Wednesday, May 1
More wet weather has prompted the Missouri Department of Transportation to close Route 79 at three places in Pike County: south of Clarksville, north of Louisiana and inside the Louisiana city limits.
The closures are between Delaware and North Carolina Street in Louisiana, south of Route YY at County Road 135 northwest of Louisiana and at the southern edge of the Clarksville city limits.
The flooding forecast issued by the National Weather Service Wednesday morning had already ticked upward from its forecast as of Tuesday. The NWS is forecasting a crest of 25 feet in Louisiana, which would be the highest the river has reached this season, just hitting the NWS threshold for major flooding. At Clarksville, the river is expected to reach 35.5 feet.
April 30: A short section of Route 79 in Louisiana has once again been closed by the Missouri Department of Transportation.
The portion of Route 79 between North Carolina Street and Delaware Street had been closed due to flooding from March through the middle of last week, when the retreating waters of the Mississippi made it safe to travel.
That period lasted only a few days before the river swelled again. The closure in Louisiana requires a detour of only a few blocks for drivers, and some businesses along the closed stretch of highway will remain open.
As rain falls on Pike County, the National Weather Service expects the river to rise significantly through the end of the work week before falling again.