Nearly 300 Missouri roads close because of flooding

Transportation officials say nearly 300 state roads are closed across Missouri because of flooding.

Ken Warbritton, a maintenance engineer with the Missouri Department of Transportation, says 292 roads were closed as of early Thursday afternoon. Most of the closed roads were in the northeast but most regions had some closures.

Some of the major routes closed by flooding are the eastbound lanes of U.S. 36 near Shelbina; U.S. 24 in both directions west of Huntsville in Randolph County and U.S. 61 at Alexandria near the Iowa border.

Warbritton says many other state routes in low-lying areas will close as the rain pushes rivers and tributaries over their banks.

He urged Missourians not to try and drive through roads covered by water.