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Country Road 1445 Closed; Alternative Routes Announced

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This graphic warns about driving around barricades during a flood, and encourages people to be safe. The text reads as follows: "Please do not drive around barricades. Be safe." Created by Loretta Kuo. Original photo by Steve Zumwalt/FEMA. Location: West Alton, Mo., June 6, 2013 -- Missouri Route 94 flooded.

This graphic warns about driving around barricades during a flood, and encourages people to be safe. The text reads as follows: “Please do not drive around barricades. Be safe.”

With public safety and emergency services as a top priority, Precinct 1 Commissioner Beth Wisenbaker has closed County Road 1445 Wednesday morning, June 1, due to concerns that would endanger life safety. Alternative routes are available to the highly traveled roadway, according to Wisenbaker. She said this county road serves a heavy traffic flow in her precinct.

The road is closed due to a large tank car being underlined by flowing water due to flooding conditions being experienced this week. The tank car is a petroleum tank car that, like other road construction done in previous years, was used for a culvert. The 45 ft. long tank car is in good condition, said Wisenbaker, but “the dirt under it has been washed away so its integrity has been compromised.” Wisenbaker stated that the tank car base will be re-plated and the tank car reset when weather conditions allow.

Alternative routes for those who normally travel CR 1445 will also have some repair needs as well. Alternative routes include CR 1442 which will undergo temporary repairs. Until the repairs are completed, drivers will need to “dodge the holes”, Wisenbaker said. CR 1441, which is a dirt roadway will be worked with rock and should serve as an alternative.

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Author: Staff Reporter

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