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Old 05-01-2011, 02:48 PM   #1
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As I was traveling from Bull Shoal, Arkansas yesterday on US62/412/63 as it travels along east I got as far as Black Rock, Ar just east of Walnut Ridge. At this point the road was closed as to flooding of the Black River, White River, Current River. No Traffice was allowed to proceed eastbound.

I was enroute to Paragould, Ar and Crowley's Ridge state park. I was directed to head shouth and find, best I could, a route east. So I would my way south looking for crossings; Hwy 37 was blocked at Cord. Hwy 14 was blocked to easbound traffic at Oil Trough. I finally found my way to Hwy 67 at Bradford and then headed north to Hwy 14 and headed east. Hwy 67 was closed just south of Hoxie and the entire area around the black and current river was impassable.

My [plans are to head into Missouri north to the area of Ironton????? Anyone have any information on those road conditions.

After a two day stay I was planning to head to Columbus-Belmont Kentucky via Cario Ill, which I understand is underwater????

Can One cross the mississippi river anywhere...at Cape Girardeau and from there how would one get to Columbus , Ky...Is it flooded as well.....

any first hand knowledge out there

thanks
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yesterday morning there was no traffic on the Cario Ill bridge. I flew over it several times and have to assume its closed.
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Flooding/Storms- Arkansas, Missouri, Ill

Greetings kingfisher24!

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As I was traveling from Bull Shoal, Arkansas yesterday on US62/412/63 as it travels along east I got as far as Black Rock, Ar just east of Walnut Ridge. At this point the road was closed as to flooding of the Black River, White River, Current River. No Traffice was allowed to proceed eastbound.

I was enroute to Paragould, Ar and Crowley's Ridge state park. I was directed to head shouth and find, best I could, a route east. So I would my way south looking for crossings; Hwy 37 was blocked at Cord. Hwy 14 was blocked to easbound traffic at Oil Trough. I finally found my way to Hwy 67 at Bradford and then headed north to Hwy 14 and headed east. Hwy 67 was closed just south of Hoxie and the entire area around the black and current river was impassable.

My [plans are to head into Missouri north to the area of Ironton????? Anyone have any information on those road conditions.

After a two day stay I was planning to head to Columbus-Belmont Kentucky via Cario Ill, which I understand is underwater????

Can One cross the mississippi river anywhere...at Cape Girardeau and from there how would one get to Columbus , Ky...Is it flooded as well.....

any first hand knowledge out there

thanks
I wouldn't count on any improvement of conditions anytime soon. We are receiving heavy rain in the Cairo, IL area tonight. The latest news from the city is that it is now basically a ghost town with only 100 residents who have not cooperated with the mandatory evacuation order. The flooding in the Cairo area is of historic record-setting proportions. Conditions are changing rapidly with the fequent heavy rains so it is very difficult to suggest alternate routes.

The Ohio River Bridge at Cairo has been closed indefinitely as approaches are underwater - - there is a 120 mile detour around the closure the last that I heard but detours have been flooding as well.

At last report the Mississippi River Bridge (secondary highway) was still open, but the word was that water levels were rising and could result in its being closed as well. It doesn't appear that the I-57 Bridge at Cairo is in immediate danger of closure, but that could change rather quickly as well.

It is possible to make your way to most any destination in this area, but be prepared for long, time consuming detours - - and my suggestion would be to plan to be off of the road well before dusk as conditions are changing more rapidly than authorities can keep up with marking washouts and deep water problems.

Good luck in your efforts to navigate the regional flooding.

Kevin

P.S.: I traveled across the Bill Emmerson Bridge at Cape Girardeau, Missouri yesterday and there was no immediate threat of flooding. Water is high in the bottomlands along IL 3 and IL 146, but the pavement was still dry and it looked like it would take several additional inches of rain to close the feeder roads. Illinois 146 will take you East to IL I-57 at Anna, IL -- take I-57 North to I-24 East - - the roads were all open along this route into Kentucky at last report. Careful attention will be needed regarding rapidly changing conditions in Western Kentucky as the Ohio River is setting new record levels for flood levels in this area on a daily basis.
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