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
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.
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
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.
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:
As always you can drop your medications in the lobby of City Hall, 24 hrs a day 7 days a week.
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.
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.
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”.
Identity (ID) theft is a crime where a thief steals your personal information, such as your full name or social security number, to commit fraud. The identity thief can use your information to fraudulently apply for credit, file taxes, or get medical services. These acts can damage your credit status, and cost you time and money to restore your good name. You may not know that you are the victim of ID theft until you experience a financial consequence (mystery bills, credit collections, denied loans) down the road from actions that the thief has taken with your stolen identity.
There are several common types of identity theft that can affect you:
Child ID theft – Children’s IDs are vulnerable because the theft may go undetected for many years. By the time they are adults, the damage has already been done to their identities.
Tax ID theft – A thief uses your social security number to falsely file tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service or state government.
Medical ID theft – This form of ID theft happens when someone steals your personal information, such as your Medicare ID or health insurance member number to get medical services, or to issue fraudulent billing to your health insurance provider.
Senior ID theft – ID theft schemes that target seniors. Seniors are vulnerable to ID theft because they are in more frequent contact with medical professionals who get their medical insurance information, or caregivers and staff at long-term care facilities that have access to personal information or financial documents.
Social ID theft – A thief uses your name, photos, and other personal information to create a phony account on a social media platform.
Take steps to protect yourself from identity theft:
Secure your social security number (SSN). Don’t carry your social security card in your wallet or write your number on your checks. Only give out your SSN when absolutely necessary.
Don’t respond to unsolicited requests for personal information (your name, birthdate, social security number, or bank account number) by phone, mail, or online.
Watch out for “shoulder surfers.” Shield the keypad when typing your passwords on computers and at ATMs.
Collect mail promptly. Ask the post office to put your mail on hold when you are away from home for several days.
Pay attention to your billing cycles. If bills or financial statements are late, contact the sender.
Review your receipts. Promptly compare receipts with account statements. Watch for unauthorized transactions.
Shred receipts, credit offers, account statements, and expired cards, to prevent “dumpster divers” from getting your personal information.
Store personal information in a safe place at home and at work.
Install firewalls and virus-detection software on your home computer.
Create complex passwords that identity thieves cannot guess easily. Change your passwords if a company that you do business with has a breach of its databases
Order your credit report once a year and review to be certain that it doesn’t include accounts that you have not opened. Check it more frequently if you suspect someone has gained access to your account information.
Medical identity theft can occur when someone steals your personal identification number to obtain medical care, buy medication, or submit fake claims to your insurer or Medicare in your name. To prevent medical identity theft, you can:
Guard your Social Security, Medicare, and health insurance identification numbers. Only give your number to your physician or other approved health care providers.
Review your explanation of benefits or Medicare Summary Notice to make sure that the claims match the services you received. Report questionable charges to your health insurance provider or Medicare.
Request and carefully review a copy of your medical records for inaccuracies and conditions that you don’t have.