Forecast calls for ‘prolonged agony’ as floods close highways and schools, force evacuations

A series of heavy rains over the weekend was more than some of the state’s rivers and tributaries could take, with water rising into homes, businesses and across highways, closing roads and canceling classes.

And the wet weather is not over. Rain is expected to return to parts of the state late Tuesday through Thursday, bringing up to 3 inches.

Along the Meramec River in the St. Louis area, water created a similar scenario 16 months ago, during the Christmas holiday, when temperatures were colder but traffic was much lighter.

Mark Fuchs, a hydrologist with the weather service, said it appears most of the impact of the new rain will be a secondary crest in areas that have already had one or “a prolonged bit of flooding,” noting that “it might prolong the agony in some areas.”

Flooding has been blamed for three deaths in the state. At least 77 state-owned roads in Missouri are under water, and officials from the Missouri Department of Transportation expect that figure to increase.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Missourinet

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