highway 30 closing

St. Clair fire personnel assess the rising waters on Highway 30 midday Monday as the Meramec River continues to rise.

The communities of Lonedell, Robertsville and Catawissa are part of a 20-square-mile portion of Franklin County which is now cut off due to floodwaters.

The island formed by the rising floodwaters has stranded about 10,000 residents in that area.

According to the sheriff’s department, no one can get in or out of that area until the waters go down, which may put a strain on emergency responders.

As of midday Monday, all fire stations in the affected area were being manned and additional deputies were posted at those locations to assist in emergency situations.

Requests for National Guard troops for the Pacific area were denied and the Missouri Highway Patrol will only provide extra troopers on a limited basis.

The troopers will be staged in the area, but if called elsewhere they will respond.

Additional sheriff’s deputies will be called in for extra patrols all over the county and some command staff are monitoring the flooding from the county Emergency Operation Center (EOC) in Union.  

A curfew of dusk to dawn has been implemented in Pacific and displaced homeowners will only be allowed to return to their homes by boat during daylight hours.

Check back with The Missourian for more updates throughout the afternoon and evening.