Transportation by road, rail and river has been disrupted and businesses are bracing for flooding that could eclipse levels seen in late 2015 as heavy rain continues across much of Missouri.
In the St. Louis area, flooding has already crippled key traffic arteries, chief among them I-44 at Highway 141, which is expected to be underwater for days.
Amtrak has suspended rail service across the state, with ticketed passengers for trips between St. Louis and Kansas City being transported by bus. A Missouri Department of Transportation representative said it’s possible the tracks will reopen by Saturday but that will depend on additional rainfall this week.
The Coast Guard on Tuesday closed a portion of the Mississippi River to all vessel traffic, noting high water levels and fast currents.
Businesses in communities along the Meramec River, on the outskirts of St. Louis, spent Tuesday prepping for the possibility of worsened flooding Wednesday and Thursday. Volunteers stacked sandbags along streets, and business owners closed up shops.
The National Weather Service is forecasting more rain Wednesday and Thursday.