Flood Alerts, News, Road & Other Closures
This page is updated when there are flood alerts, news and other urgent information, road closures and other accessibility issues due to flooding that are reported to/confirmed by Regional Emergency Management.
This page is updated when information is received but the listing may not be comprehensive, especially during a large flood and/or fast-changing rain and flash-flood situation. Drivers are always encouraged to exercise caution in flood-prone areas near rivers and creeks - turn around, don't drown!
- For a list, details and updates regarding closures on all numbered and lettered state highways and routes, visit MoDOT's Traveler Information Map.
- For updates on County Parks, visit the Parks Rainout Line.
- For updates in the West Alton and Portage Des Sioux area, please also see the Rivers Pointe Fire Protection District Facebook page.
- Cleanup and Sandbag Disposal Information
as of 9:12 a.m., June 13, 2019
This page is updated as additional closings/issues are reported, but the listings may not be comprehensive due to fast-changing flood conditions.
Flooded Roads and Subdivisions
List of subdivision closures (Last report: June 12, 2019):
- Alta Villa subdivision - Inaccessible
- Alton Lake States
- Hideaway Harbor subdivision - Inaccessible
- Holiday Harbor
- Kampville subdivision - Inaccessible
- Karmil Wood subdivision - Inaccessible
- Lakeview subdivision - Inaccessible
- Lehmond Island subdivision - Inaccessible
- Peruque subdivision - Inaccessible
- Sherwood Harbor subdivision - Inaccessible
- South Shore
St. Charles County Parks Closures
- Bangert Island
- Hideaway Harbor
- Klondike Park Boat Ramp
- Riverside Landing
- St. Charles County Smartt Field Airport is closed until further notice due to flooding.
- The Winfield Ferry and Golden Eagle Ferry are closed until further notice due to flooding. View more information and updates on the Golden Eagle and Winfield Ferry.
Additional Alerts and News
Damage Assessment Update (June 13, 2019)
St. Charles County Regional Emergency Management has provided initial damage assessment numbers to SEMA, the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency. This was necessary for the State of Missouri to request a Federal Disaster Declaration and public and individual assistance from FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency. St. Charles County has exceeded FEMA’s $1.3 million damage threshold to qualify for assistance. FEMA’s Joint Preliminary Damage Assessment Teams will verify the damage through aerial and ground assessments and submit a report to the President of the United States, who will make a final determination for assistance.
Recorder of Deeds Offers Free Copies of Land Deeds (June 12, 2019)
Recorder of Deeds Mary Dempsey is aware some residents in St. Charles County are suffering from the impact of flooding. From June 12 to Sept. 1, 2019, the Recorder of Deeds office will offer a free certified copy of land deeds if needed to prove ownership to insurance companies or relief agencies as a result of flood damage. Any resident interested should stop by the office at 201 N. Second Street in St. Charles and request a copy, and mention that it is for flood relief. Visit the Recorder of Deeds' website.
Flood Recovery Assistance (June 4, 2019)
If you are in need of flood recovery help, please call United Way of Greater St. Louis 2-1-1 (or 800-427-4626) or American Red Cross of Missouri (314-516-2700). As a reminder, the Red Cross has opened a shelter in St. Charles at Saint John United Church of Christ - 405 S. 5th St. If you are a St. Charles County resident displaced by flooding and in need of shelter, they can help.
Post-Flood Relief Clean Up Drive (June 4, 2019)
Trinity Lutheran Church in Orchard Farm is hosting a post-flood relief clean up drive. Visit their Facebook page for items requested and more information.
State of Emergency Declaration (June 3, 2019)
St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann has declared that a State of Emergency exists in the county as a result of on-going, severe weather and serious flooding which began on April 29. Rain has caused severe flooding, and there is the potential for additional flooding. The St. Charles County Police Department and St. Charles County Regional Emergency Management continue to provide emergency response to residents. The County is being proactive about health and safety issues and is providing the resources necessary to affected jurisdictions in assist in relieving weather-related distresses and hazards.
Red Cross Shelter Opens (June 3, 2019)
The Red Cross has opened a new shelter in St. Charles at Saint John United Church of Christ - 405 S. 5th St. in St. Charles. If you are a St. Charles County resident displaced by flooding and in need of shelter, they can help. For more information, visit https://rdcrss.org/2CGDqJp.
St. Charles County Police Public Safety Advisory: Restricted access to Portage des Sioux, West Alton, and Orchard Farm (June 1, 2019)
The areas of Portage des Sioux, West Alton, and Orchard Farm are under a voluntary evacuation order, due to flooding. While there are some flood ready homes, which are currently occupied by residents who have not evacuated, officials urge citizens to stay away from the impacted areas.
Do not attempt to enter Portage des Sioux, West Alton, and Orchard Farm by vehicle, boat, or any other means. Conditions are unsafe; therefore, the areas are being closely monitored by law enforcement officials.
Anyone found attempting unauthorized access to vacated residences and businesses will be taken into custody.
Monthly Outdoor Warning Siren Test Cancelled (May 31, 2019)
Per St. Charles County Regional Emergency Management: the monthly Outdoor Warning Siren test scheduled for Monday, June 3, 2019, has been canceled due to the critical status of the levees in the northeastern part of the county. The residents in that area expect to hear the sirens in the case of a levee breach, so we have decided to cancel the test for this month. The system will still be tested silently as it is multiple times every month.
Flood Warning (May 30, 2019)
The U.S. National Weather Service – St. Louis, in cooperation with St. Charles County Regional Emergency Management, has issued a Flood Warning for Northeastern St. Charles County until 1:45 p.m., Thursday, June 6, 2019. As of Thursday, May 30, Regional Emergency Management received reports of overtopped levees along the Mississippi River in the area. This will cause flooding of lower elevations over the next several days. Locations that will experience flooding include West Alton, Portage des Sioux and Orchard Farm. Please TURN AROUND, DON'T DROWN when encountering flooded roads.
Please follow local media, the U.S. National Weather Service – St. Louis website, and the St. Charles County Regional Emergency Management and Rivers Pointe Fire Protection District Facebook pages for updates.
Residents of Portage des Sioux, West Alton, and Surrounding Areas Advised to Evacuate (May 28, 2019)
Rivers Pointe Fire Protection District officials are advising residents of Portage Des Sioux, West Alton and surrounding areas to take action now. Protective measures will be over topped within the next 24-36 hours (as of 1:38 p.m., May 28).
Voluntary Evacuation Order (May 25, 2019)
City of West Alton and Rivers Pointe Fire Protection District officials have issued a Voluntary Evacuation Order effective immediately Saturday, May 25, 2019, due to the current Mississippi River crest projection at Mel Price of 36 feet. All work and protective measures that have been completed cannot hold back the projected amount of water as the river rises to this crest. There are already limited access and egress routes within town and the levee system is weak and saturated.