West Alton, MO Evacuation Flooding - 5/5/2017

The Mississippi River rose above major flood stage this week, becoming the sixth highest flood height for the river near the city of West Alton. A voluntary evacuation order was issued for the town of 500. Many residents left on their own will; however, some stayed. One resident lifted his house thirteen feet on blocks to prepare for the possible flood. Levees in the area were beginning to leak and officials are considering a mandatory evacuation if levee failure appears imminent.

Rivers Pointe Fire Department officials were conducting levee patrols throughout the day, looking for any signs of levee failure.
Shot Description

Shot 1: Medium shot - Water flowing across highway
Shot 2: Medium shot - Roadblock blocking flooded highway
Shot 3: Wide shot - Traffic restricted to one lane due to flooding
Shot 4: Medium shot - Roadblock blocking flooded road
Shot 5: Wide shot - Flooding across roadway
Shot 6: Medium shot - Roadblock blocking flooded road
Shot 7: Wide shot - House lifted by blocks in preparation for flood
Shot 8: Medium shot - House lifted by blocks in preparation for flood
Shot 9: Wide shot - Water level dangerously close to levee top
Shot 10: Wide shot - Mississippi River inundating roadway
Shot 11: Wide shot - Mississippi River swells over its banks looking east toward Alton, IL
Shot 12: Wide shot - Emergency vehicles responding to flood zone
Shot 13: Wide shot - Traffic restricted to one lane due to flooding
Shot 14: Wide shot - Significant flooding completely covers multiple lanes of U.S. Highway 67 between St. Louis, MO and Alton, IL
Shot 15: Medium shot - Floodwaters multiple feet deep almost submerge stop sign
Shot 16: Wide shot - Significant flooding completely covers multiple lanes of U.S. Highway 67 between St. Louis, MO and Alton, IL
Shot 17: Wide shot - Additional road signs nearly covered by Mississippi River
Shot 18: Medium shot - Floodwaters inch up access lanes to U.S. Highway 67
Shot 19: Medium shot - Mississippi River almost at top of manmade levees in West Alton
Shot 20: Medium shot - Additional road sign nearly covered by Mississippi River
Shot 21: Medium shot - Rivers Pointe Fire Department vehicle responding to flooding
Shot 22: Medium shot - Missouri Department of Transportation crews deploy traffic control devices to block roads for flooding
Shot 23: Wide shot - Firefighters conduct levee patrols