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With rainfall continuing to rise in the Springfield area many roadways are becoming unsafe to drive on. KSMU’s Justin Lux takes a look at ways for motorists to avoid putting themselves in danger.
The rain is a result of the remnants from Tropical Storm Hermine in the Southern U.S.
Larry Woods is the assistant director of the Springfield-Greene County Office of Emergency Management.
“Well we always recommend that anytime there is any flowing water across the roadways that it be avoided. We don’t ever recommend anybody driving or walking through any type of water across a road and of course the adage we like to use is, ‘Turn around. Don’t drown,’” Woods says.
Woods also says when there’s a chance you may encounter flooded roadways, it is important to plan accordingly.
“Well I mean the big thing is plan your routes. Know in advance which routes your going to take and plan some extra time to go from here and there,” he says.
The Greene County Highway Department has closed Scenic Avenue north of Walnut Lawn and just west of the Springfield city limit. The Highway Department reports eight inches of water covering that area.
Three other roads remain closed in southeast Greene County, those include:-Farm Road 193 at Farm Road 174-Farm Road 170 east of Farm Road 223-Farm Road 243 between Farm Road 166 and Farm Road 170
For KSMU News, I’m Justin Lux.