Flooding woes persist; I-70 closed in both directions in Ohio

| 6/27/2008

Truckers on Interstate 70, east of Columbus, OH, were detoured along with everyone else Friday, June 27, when the Licking River – at state Highway 79 – overflowed its banks and put the interstate under water in both directions.

WTTE-TV, the local Fox News affiliate, interviewed Kate Stickle, regional spokeswoman with the Ohio Department of Transportation. She said that officials don’t expect to reopen a section of the highway before early Saturday morning, June 28, and that more rain, which is in the forecast, could keep the road closed even longer.

In Winfield, MO, another levee broke Friday morning. The flooding near St. Louis didn’t affect any major highways, but it did inundate farms and crops.

Bloomberg reported that since mid-May, storms and severe weather have killed at least 24 people, flooded more than 3.4 million acres of land, and caused billions of dollars of damage to crops. President Bush has declared more than 103 counties in Illinois, Missouri and Iowa disaster areas, making them eligible for federal assistance.