Fourteen people have now died because of historic flooding in Missouri.
The Associated Press reports the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says that flood water from the Mississippi River and its tributaries has spilled over at least nine federal levees in the St. Louis area alone. As of early Thursday, Interstate 55 was closed at the St. Louis/Jefferson County line, and I-44 was still shut down near I-270. (See a full updated road closure list here. Boone County’s road closures are here.)
President Barack Obama is pledging the federal government’s continued help dealing with severe weather in a phone call with Missouri’s governor. Obama spoke to Gov. Jay Nixon on Wednesday while the president was vacationing in Hawaii. The White House says Obama thanked Nixon for his efforts and offered condolences for those who have died in the flooding. White House spokesman Eric Schultz says Obama told Nixon that he had asked his staff to monitor the events closely and to work with Nixon’s team to provide any help necessary from the federal government.
The Mississippi River is expected to crest this evening in the St. Louis area. Some spots along the Meremec River have risen past record 1993 levels.