Flooding Causes Travel Issues From Oklahoma To Missouri

Thursday, December 31st 2015, 2:22 pm
By: News On 6

Flooding in Missouri is causing problems for thousands of travelers leaving or returning to Oklahoma during the New Year’s holiday.

Several interstates and highways in nearby states remain underwater.

A 26-mile stretch of Interstate 44 just outside St. Louis is closed due to flooding. 

Doug Sewell is filled up the family RV at the Will Rogers Service Plaza for the last leg of his trip home to Kentucky.

He knows detours are coming when he drives a few hours into Missouri.

“Thought [about] maybe staying in Tulsa for a day or so, but I'm going to try to see what this route through Springfield does,” Sewell said. “I don't know what the road conditions are there, but I'm going to find out."

Ayonna Turner arrived in Tulsa Wednesday night on a Greyhound Bus.

“We've been getting, back and forth, back and forth,” she said.

She found out her transfer to St. Louis was canceled.

“So I was asking them what would be my best option, and they said there wasn't anything they could do, I just had to wait,” Turner said. “I said, "when is the next time?’

“‘I don't know, ma’am, you just have to wait,’”

After spending the night on a bus terminal bench, she'll go through Kansas City to get to her final stop in Springfield, Illinois.

Drivers on the Will Rogers Turnpike are being warned miles ahead of the flooding.

Sewell is prepared to take any number of routes to get his family home.

“As long as I got diesel, I can set up shop anywhere I need to," he said.

A Greyhound spokesperson said a bus left at 1:55 p.m. from Tulsa to St. Louis; however, the bus will have take a detour when it gets closer to the flooding.

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