SIKESTON -- Sandbagging efforts and other assistance related to flooding continue elsewhere in the region.
More than 6,000 sandbags have been distributed around Stoddard County, according to a report released late Wednesday by State Emergency Management Agency. The county's emergency management director reported workers sandbagged one business near Puxico and sent additional bags to that area. Some additional small breaks in some levees have also occurred. A reported breach on a levee along Castor River is being investigated.
In Butler County, Black River Coliseum is sheltering about 20 people. The Department of Natural Resources reported a boil water order was issued for Poplar Bluff.
More than 10-inches of rain has been received in Cape Girardeau County, where three Coast Guard and three Water Patrol teams responded to assist. All major highways in the county are flooded and impassable. Several people have been evacuated and shelters opened in Cape Girardeau and Delta with a total of 14 people. Several private levees have been breached and others are being monitored. City of Cape Girardeau reports a lot of street flooding. The County's primary concern is the evacuation of Allenville and Dutchtown. The Diversion Channel has been breached and is flooding the Dutchtown area. Requested USACE assistance at Dutchtown area. 20 people in their shelter and additional people will require a second shelter to open. Pets and large animals are being assisted.
In Bollinger County, several vehicles were washed off Highway 72 east of Marble Hill. There are concerns over capacity of a lift station, which was still functioning as of Wednesday. Two shelters are open and several homes and businesses have been flooded. The county is requesting state assistance in accessing residents in about 30-50 homes in that area. One person there has confirmed dead after a driver was found in a flooded truck that had been swept into the water. National Guard is on site with five vehicles and 10 people doing welfare checks. Zalma evacuated about 40 people Tuesday night. As of late Wednesday, one shelter was open for them. Ten businesses and seven homes affected in Marble Hill.
> If you come upon flood waters, stop, turn around, and go another way. Climb to higher ground. If it is moving swiftly, even water six inches deep can knock you off your feet. Many people are swept away wading through flood waters, resulting in injury or death.
> Stay away from flooded areas. Even if it seems safe, flood waters may still be rising.
> Never try to walk, swim, drive, or play in flood water. You may not be able to see on the surface how fast flood water is moving or see holes and submerged debris.
> If you are in a vehicle and become surrounded by water, if you can get out safely, do so immediately and move to higher ground. Vehicles can be swept away.
> Listen continuously to a NOAA Weather Radio, or a portable, battery powered radio (or television) for updated emergency information.
> Local stations provide you with the best advice for your particular situation.
For more information please contact your local Red Cross office, visit our website at www.semoredcross.org, and tune in to local media broadcasts.