MARYLAND HEIGHTS — A section of Route 141 that was closed after flooding reopened one northbound and one southbound lane to traffic Thursday afternoon, according to the Missouri Department of Transportation.
All lanes of the highway were closed Wednesday in both directions, from Creve Coeur Airport Road to Creve Coeur Mill Road. The immediate source of the water was Creve Coeur Lake, which had overtopped its banks.
The Howard Bend Levee District and the city of Maryland Heights pumped some of the water across the road and it was reopened by about 2 p.m. Thursday.
Crews will continue to monitor the area for flooding and if floodwaters rise back onto the road it may need to close again, according to MoDOT.
The flooding occurred after the Howard Bend Levee District opened the flood gates on the Creve Coeur Lake on Monday to lower the water level. District president Warren Stemme said the water didn't properly drain into the Missouri River because the river levels there were not dropping fast enough.
Stemme said the Missouri was high because water is being released from dams upstream.
But Ameren, which operates the Bagnell Dam on Lake of the Ozarks, told the Post-Dispatch Wednesday it is doubtful the release of water into the Osage River, which feeds the Missouri River, was to blame — because water levels are dropping on the Missouri.
Maryland Heights Mayor Mike Moeller told the Post-Dispatch Wednesday the last time 141 had closed there because of flooding was during the Great Flood of 1993.
For updated information on traffic and flooding conditions, drivers can visit MoDOT's traveler map at http://traveler.modot.org/map/.