Solar Eclipse 2017

 

 

On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. Anyone within the path of totality can see one of nature’s most awe-inspiring sights – a total solar eclipse. This path, where the moon will completely cover the sun and the sun’s tenuous atmosphere – the corona – can be seen, will stretch from Lincoln Beach, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. Observers outside this path will still see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun’s disk.

Various locations are working to provide viewing areas for those choosing to visit the City during this event.  De Soto lies within in the center and longest viewing times and is expected to bring people from far and wide.  A website set up to find these locations is http://dspl.missouri.org/2017-great-american-eclipse-de-soto/ or visit them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/GreatAmericanEclipse2017/ 

Viewing glasses are available at City Hall for $1 per pair.  We look forward to sharing in this historic event with our citizens and guests.

 

 

Viewing

Modot Road Closure Notice

Due to the recent change in river level projections and the 2” to 3” rain in the forecast for Wednesday, we are expecting I-55 be underwater after midnight tonight and may be this way for a day or two.  We will continue to monitor Jeffco Blvd and Telegraph over the next couple days as well.

More Rainfall expected to Close More St. Louis Area Roads:

I-55, Telegraph and Lemay at Meramec River Expected to Close Overnight 

  1. ST.LOUIS – Flood water from area rivers continue to rise and cause more road and highway closures around St. Louis this week. The expected closure that will most impact drivers connects St. Louis County to Jefferson County:
  • I-55 , Route 61/67/Lemay Ferry and Route 231/Telegraph at the Meramec, between St. Louis and Jefferson Counties are expected to close overnight. I-55 is expected to be underwater after midnight. 
  • Late Monday night, I-44 closed in St. Louis County.

Interstate 44 between I-270 in St. Louis County and Route 100/Gray Summit in Franklin County is closed.  It closed earlier than expected due to the Meramec River rising faster than earlier predictions.

  • Westbound I-44 is closed at I-270 while eastbound I-44 is closed at Route 100/Gray Summit.  Local traffic only will be allowed westbound to Bowles and eastbound to Pacific, Eureka and Route 109.  Interstate traffic cannot get through this area.

Route 100 between Gray Summit and I-270 will be the alternate route for I-44 travelers. 

  • Route 30  at Meramec River at St. Clair near I-44 in Franklin County is open. It could relieve for eastbound I-44/ Rte. 100 traffic.

Additional Closures:

  • Route 109 (St. Louis County) from Eureka High School to Route W/FF
  • Route 30/Gravois (St. Louis County) at Meramec River closed early this morning.
  • Route 21/Tesson Ferry (St. Louis County) at Meramec River expected to close today or tonight

Rte. 141 @ Romaine Creek

Other local closures:

  • Route 67 is reduced to one lane with  traffic from Alton, IL into Missouri between the Mississippi River and Missouri River
  • Route 141 at I-44 in St. Louis County is closed and will remain closed most of the week

Other information:

  • Heavy rains over the weekend still have more than 300 roads across the state.
  • Currently Interstate 44 is closed between Rolla and Lebanon and is not expected to reopen until mid to late week.  Cross state travelers should avoid using I-44 due to the closures in St. Louis and between Rolla and Lebanon. Please use Interstate 70 between St. Louis and Kansas City and then use Interstate 435 to Interstate 49 to Joplin to reconnect to Interstate 44.
  • Most of the major routes are not expected to reopen until late in the week due to rising waters on the major rivers.
  • When the water recedes, MoDOT will inspect the pavement and bridges for safety before opening the roadways for public use.

Missourians should take these precautions in areas affected by flooding.  Never drive past a barricade closing flooded roads. They are there to protect you.  Don’t drive through water.  Turn around, don’t drown.

Check MoDOT’s Traveler Information Map to stay current on all flooding closures at http://traveler.modot.org/map/.  You can also call 1-888-ASK-MoDOT (275-6636) for up-to-date information.

 

National Prescription Drug Take Back

 

The City of De Soto has, for the last several years maintained a drop box location for unused or expired medications in the lobby of City Hall.  Each year we participate with the nationwide Drug Take Back Day and encourage our citizens to take advantage of this day to drop off to us your unused or expired medications.  This year we will again participate with the National Take Back Day.  On Saturday April 29th, 2017 we encourage you to bring your unused and expired prescription medication to City Hall and let us dispose of it in a safe manner.  As a reminder we cannot take:

Aerosol Containers

Syringes

As always you can drop your medications in the lobby of City Hall, 24 hrs a day 7 days a week.

 

Press Release- Stolen Vehicle

On 4/4/2017 our agency took a report of a Stolen Vehicle that happen at Mueller Motors in De Soto.  On 4/7/2017 we received a report that a possible suspect was located at a house near Valley Street and 3rd Street in De Soto.  When officers arrived at the area we were unable to locate the suspect.  Officers began canvassing and located on Hwy 110 just outside the City of De Soto a male subject resembling the suspect in the theft.  This suspect was arrested on an outstanding warrant from another agency and brought back to the De Soto Police Department.  We appreciate the attention that our citizen had to this matter in reporting it and the officers who were able to take this subject into custody without further incident.  Charges will be sought against this person for Tampering with a motor vehicle.  The vehicle was recovered by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office later in the evening.

Project Child Safe-Free Gunlocks

Our agency is happy to partner with Project Child Safe.  Project ChildSafe is a program of the National Shooting Sports Foundation to promote firearm safety and education. Project Child Safe is committed to promoting genuine firearm safety through the distribution of safety education messages and free firearm safety kits to communities across the U.S. and we are happy to help spread the word and the free gun locks.  For more information on Project Child Safe click the image below to be forwarded to their website.  Free gunlocks can be picked up at the De Soto Police Department 24 hrs a day 7 days a week.

Project ChildSafe

St Patricks DWI Enforcement

Local Police across the region will be out in force as part of the annual nationwide St Patricks Day Holiday Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over substance-impaired driving crackdown.  The crackdown will include high visibility enforcement throughout Jefferson County and De Soto, will run from March 16-19, 2017.

The effective nationwide substance–impaired driving crackdown will include high-visibility enforcement, high-profile events, and will be supported by national paid advertising, creating a comprehensive campaign to curb substance–impaired driving over the St. Patrick’s Day holiday.

De Soto Police said its officers will be aggressively looking for substance–impaired drivers during the crackdown and will arrest anyone caught driving impaired.

Chief Rick Draper says that “driving impaired isn’t worth the risk or the dangers, a life is too precious and we will do everything in our power to find those who choose to drive impaired on our streets”.

For more information, visit the www.saveMOlives.com.

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