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OCTOBER FLOODING
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As river levels drop and the roads begin to dry, the Missouri Department of Transportation will begin the work to open the roads as quickly as possible. Tonya Lohman, District Maintenance and Traffic Engineer for the Northwest Part of the state says there is a process and every situation is a bit different. Lohman says on US 65, there are three bridges that cross water and each must be checked before the road is opened. Lohman says on the Grand River there is a lot of debris that washes in form farther up stream and from the tributaries. She says they also check the roadway itself. US Highway 65, south of Chillicothe closed on Tuesday evening and is expected to open later today.

Just a few road closings remain in place this morning, but they are important roads. The closings are due to flood waters. These images were taken at Mautino's Cycle Center and the Chillicothe R-II School District office shortly after noon last Wednesday, following another round of heavy rains. (CT 10 15 18)

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October 10, 2018 - After days of heavy rain and storms, parts of Chillicothe remained under water Thursday as residents waited for river levels to recede. Several roads around town still had standing water after city officials said the Grand River rose to roughly 14 feet higher than normal earlier in the week. U.S. 65 was still shutdown with floodwaters over the highway. Drone footage obtained by 41 Action News courtesy of Chillicothe-based Mast Productions showed multiple fields flooded, buildings surrounded by water, and rising river levels around the city.


 Drone Photo - Mast Productions

After helping to coordinate the city response, Mayor Reed Dupy surveyed the floodwaters on Thursday. "The bus routes couldn't run because the country roads were under water," he explained. "It's Mother Nature. God wills it and that's what happens. We can't do anything but react to it." Dupy said no injuries were reported from the flooding and damage was contained to farm fields in the area. "Farmers hopefully didn't lose a lot of crops," he said. "We hope that everyone came out well."

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