I-44, US-63 reopen, but some Missouri roads still closed due to flood

Aug 8, 2013

The Missouri Department of Transportation has begun re-opening many Mid-Missouri roads and highways that were closed due to flooding, but some county roads are still affected, particularly those near the Osage River.

MODOT reopened the 14 mile stretch of I-44 near Jerome southwest of Rolla Thursday morning, which had been closed for nearly 24 hours. Highway 63 near Westphalia was also closed Wednesday afternoon due to water on the road, but that route was also re-opened Thursday morning.

But MODOT reports more than 40 roads in the state, mostly in Central and south central Missouri, are still closed.

Meantime, the search still continues for a woman who's believed to be the mother of a child killed in flooding in south-central Missouri. The 4-year-old boy was killed as heavy rain drenched the Pulaski County town of Waynesville near Fort Leonard Wood, damaging homes and businesses on Monday night and Tuesday morning.

The boy's name hasn't been released. Authorities believe the child was swept away when the car he and his mother were in was swept up in rising waters.