ST. JOSEPH - While it's been quite a while since the disastrous flooding of 2011 made headlines, the people of Northwest Missouri continue to rebuild lives disrupted by the historic flood. The Missouri Department of Transportation has also been working to restore traffic on all the routes that were impacted by the flooding, but the process has not been easy, nor without cost. The total estimated cost for all flood repairs is approximately $17 million. MoDOT is pleased to announce that the final route closed due to the flood of 2011, Holt County Route 111, is now open to all traffic.
Beginning in June of 2011, more than 70 miles of Missouri highways closed when they were inundated with water and debris from emergency water releases far to our north. And unlike other floods, the waters did not quickly rise and fall. It stayed, in some places for months, and often had a current as strong as the Missouri River itself.
It decimated farmland, towns, and highways, sweeping away large sections of roadway that could not be evaluated, designed and rebuilt until floodwaters fully receded. The flooding also changed the lives of many families forever, including the family of Trooper Frederick "Fred" F. Guthrie, Jr. Trooper Guthrie and his K-9 partner Reed were working near Big Lake on Route 118 at Route 111 on August 1, 2011, when they were apparently swept away by fast moving floodwater.
MoDOT worked closely with the Missouri Highway Patrol in the search for Trooper Guthrie and his partner Reed and postponed roadway repairs until after Trooper Guthrie's body was found in January 2012.
Less than one week after a stretch of Interstate 29 in Platte County was designated in Trooper Guthrie's honor, the final road closed by the devastating Flood of 2011 was reopened to all traffic.
For more information about this and other MoDOT projects, call 1-888-ASK-MODOT (888-275-6636) or visit www.modot.org/northwest and view the online Traveler Information Map. In addition, MoDOT provides updated information on www.facebook.com/MoDOTNWDistrict and www.twitter.com/MoDOTNorthwest.