Flood response shifts to recovery as water recedes, federal emergency declared

Officials were predicting dry and mostly passable roads for the St. Louis area on Monday, and river levels near Cape Girardeau are expected to recede in the next 48 hours as Missouri communities inundated by floods in recent days begin turning their focus to recovery.

President Barack Obama declared a state of emergency in Missouri over the weekend, following a formal request from Gov. Jay Nixon. The governor said the emergency declaration will activate the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to help businesses and homeowners with speedy and safe debris removal.

After 48 roads in the St. Louis area — including parts of Interstates 70, 55 and 44 — were closed at the peak of last week’s flooding, only 11 closures are expected Monday as commuters return to work after the holiday weekend.

Missouri Department of Transportation crews will be out to examine roads and bridges affected by the flooding, although a MoDOT representative said there has been no major damage so far.

Read more from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis Public Radio and the Southeast Missourian

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