Bridges, roads, businesses and schools across the county have been affected by recent flooding.
The Mississippi River is predicted to rise to 45.3 feet by 7 a.m. Friday (June 7) and remain at that level before cresting at about 7 p.m. Saturday (June 8), according to the National Weather Service’s website today.
In addition, the Meramec River was projected to rise to 41.7 feet by about 1 p.m. Friday and remain at that level before cresting at about 7 a.m. Saturday.
In Herculaneum, city officials are keeping a close eye on the last bridge in town not impacted by flooding.
Mark Tulgetske, the Herculaneum Police chief, said Tuesday that the Joachim Creek Bridge on Riverview Plaza Drive is inches away from flooding.
“That will effectively shut off the eastern side of town,” he said. “That is the last bridge. If it gets up high enough to get that bridge, which is the highest one we have, then the possibility of it flooding into more low-lying areas in the vicinity are good.”
Herculaneum has had numerous roads closed because of flooding since the start of May.
The bridge on Commercial Boulevard (Hwy. 61-67) over Joachim Creek has been closed since May 3, and the two-lane bridge on Joachim Avenue near Herculaneum City Park also has been closed.
There also are closures in the 1400 block of McNutt School Road and on Horine Road at Walnut Court in the Herculaneum area, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.
Tulgetske said the ballfields and lower area of Herculaneum City Park, located on Joachim Avenue near Commercial Boulevard, are flooded, and he said two homes on Wall Street near the
Commercial Boulevard bridge have been affected by floodwater.
He also said a home on Scenic Drive at Joachim Avenue near the cemetery has floodwater in its backyard and garage, although the water had not reached the house as of Tuesday afternoon.
Amvets Post No. 42, at 690 Joachim Ave., and Riverview Commerce Park along the Mississippi River are flooded, Tulgetske said.
He said anyone who needs help with flood preparation should contact call Herculaneum Police at 636-479-4791 or the Herculaneum Fire Department at 636-475-3080. However, he is not expecting many residents to need additional help.
“Most areas that will be impacted have already taken precautions,” Tulgetske said. “Unless, we go into a much higher flood-stage level, where it is affecting areas that are not normally affected, then we could receive some calls.”
Tulgetske said some people have taken boats into floodwaters and driven vehicles around road closure signs and become stuck in water.
“People need to stay away from flood areas and turn around,” Tulgetske said. “If the sign says road closed, don’t do it.”
Crystal High stadium flooded
Crystal City High School Athletic Director Ken Jones said the school’s athletic stadium has been flooded for more than a month.
“It is as high as I’ve seen it in 20 years,” he said Tuesday.
Jones said the water is high up the goal posts in the football field’s end zones, and it has reached the bleachers.
He said the stadium is the only part of the campus that has been affected by floodwater.
“It has always flooded down there (at the stadium),” Jones said. “It seems to be a little bit more the last 10 years. When the water comes off, we will do our best to clean it up.”
Flooding disrupts raceway in Pevely
People can still access the Federated Auto Parts Raceway (formerly the I-55 Raceway) in Pevely, but the track’s management has been canceling events because flooding has limited access to the grounds, Pevely Police Capt. Larry Miller said.
The raceway has yet to run a race this season. It canceled the Test and Tune session on March 30 and races scheduled for its opening weekend on April 6, according to the raceway’s website.
All five divisions of the Federated Weekly Racing Series were scheduled to compete Saturday, but a message on the raceway’s answering machine says there will be no racing because of flooding.
Numerous roads have closed because of flooding since the start of May, and according to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Facebook, the following roads were closed on Wednesday:
■ Missouri State Road approximately a half mile south of Dutch Bottom Road in the Arnold area.
■ A portion of Dutch Bottom Road in the Arnold area.
■ Missouri State Road at Lakemont Drive in the Arnold area.
■ Romaine Creek Road at Caleb Crossing in the Fenton area.
■ Romaine Creek Road at Schneider Drive in the Fenton area.
■ Seckman Road at the West Outer Road in Imperial.
■ Hwy. 61-67 at Sulphur Springs Road in Imperial.
■ Hwy. 61-67 at Imperial Main Street in Imperial.
■ Hwy. K at Hwy. 61-67 in Imperial.
■ River Street at Hwy. K in Imperial.
■ Myrtlewood Drive at Hwy. K in Imperial.
■ Hwy. K at Fifth Street in Kimmswick.
■ Front Street at Mill Street in Kimmswick.
■ Hwy. M at Barnhart Hills in Barnhart.
■ Hwy. 61-67 at Patricia Drive in Barnhart.