With several rounds of rain expected to hit the middle of the state over the next several days, and the expected major crest along the Missouri River, the Missouri Department of Transportation is reminding motorists to be on guard for flooded roads.

Several highways across the area already have water over the driving surface and have been closed. MoDOT says more closures are expected and that the safety of travelers is the top priority.

“If motorists encounter a closed road, we remind them to never move or drive around the barriers,” said Central District Engineer David Silvester. “You never know what is underneath the surface when there is standing water. It only takes 12 inches of moving water to move a small car. Those signs and barriers are there for your safety and protection.”

Silvester added that drivers should also use extra caution when driving on wet roads. Slow down to avoid skidding and hydroplaning, leave extra stopping space, and always turn headlights on whenever wipers are needed.

MoDOT advises all travelers to plan their route ahead of time and know what roads are flooded before getting on the road. A list of road closures in MoDOT Central District and more safety tips are available at modot.org/central-district-flooding-information. Flood closures and live traffic conditions are also available 24-hours a day by using the Traveler Information Map or by calling 1-888-ASK-MODOT (275-6636).