The Missouri River did not reach the forecast crests over the weekend in Central Missouri, in part because of levee breaches that diverted large volumes of water onto farmland in southern Howard and eastern Saline Counties.

Low-lying areas of southern Howard County are completely underwater after a series of levee breaches sent the rushing over farmland in the bottoms from Petersburg to Rocheport.

Roads are closed north of Boonville into Howard County, with water covering Highway 5 almost to the Highway 87 intersection. The Boonslick Bridge was closed to traffic Saturday evening. On Sunday morning, Missouri Department of Transportation and Boonville Police vehicles were stationed in front of the signs blocking the bridge. People still walked across the bridge to see the flooded bottoms on the other side of the river.

Route 40 is closed from the Boonville side of the bridge to the intersection with 240, and Highway 5 is closed up to Sulphur Street in New Franklin. Highways Z and J are closed going towards Petersburg, according to the Missouri Department of Transportation.

Franklin is blocked off, and County Roads 342 and 345 going into it are closed, New Franklin Police Chief Mike Wise wrote on Facebook.

Other roads closed by flooding include Routes HH and OO in western Cooper County and Route V in eastern Cooper County.

In Boone County, Route K is closed at the Katy Trail near McBaine and there are seven local road closures: South Grocery Branch Road at South Railroad Street near Huntsdale; Soft Pit Hill Road at Hartsburg Bottom Road, Hart Creek Road between S. Jemerson Creek Road and First Street and Hartsburg Bottom Road, all near Hartsburg; Harold Cunningham Road from Route MM to South Rippeto Road, all of South Rippeto Road near Easley; and South River Road from Wilton to Hartsburg.

The mid-morning readings on the river were 35.5 feet at Glasgow, 10.5 feet above flood stage; 32.9 feet at Boonville, 11.9 feet above flood stage; and 32.4 feet at Jefferson City, 9.4 feet above flood stage.

While river levels have been steady most of the weekend, the threat of additional flooding remains. The National Weather Service expects storms to return to the area Monday night and Tuesday and a continuing threat of rain.

“A persistently wet pattern will dominate this period, particularly heading into next weekend,” the weather service stated in the daily forecast discussion issued at 5:30 a.m. Monday.

The latest round of flooding set a new record Sunday at Napoleon in Lafayette County and is at historic levels elsewhere. Throughout the Missouri River valley, 22 levees have breached from the current round of flooding and 17 have been overtopped by high water, according to a daily report on river conditions from the Missouri Levee and Drainage District Association.

The Red Cross opened a shelter at the Open Bible Praise Center on Highway 87, south of Interstate 70, in Boonville, for anyone displaced by flooding. Two people stayed at the shelter over Friday night, according to the Red Cross.

Central Missouri Community Action is working with Columbia College and Central Methodist University in Fayette to house people displaced by flooding and the tornado in Jefferson City. Three families and two individuals took advantage of the offer Friday at Columbia College but spokesman Sam Fleury was unsure early Monday if any remained.

The agency sought additional housing after exhausting other options, spokeswoman Cheryl Unterschutz said.

“There is so much need for places for people to stay,” she said. “We had vouchers for hotels in Jefferson City, but the hotels and motels are full and there are so many people displaced.”

The agency is asking for donations of sheets, pillows, pillowcases, towels and washcloths for the shelters. Donations may be delivered to agency’s Administration Building located at 807 N. Providence Rd. in Columbia

The Midwest Special Needs Trust is providing grants of up to $1,500 for low-income individuals with disabilities and their families displaced by floods or tornadoes. Applications will be available through local caseworkers, social workers and vocational rehabilitation counselors.

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