Flood Alerts, News, Road & Other Closures
This page is updated when there are flood alerts, news and other urgent information, road closures and other accessibility issues due to flooding that are reported to/confirmed by Regional Emergency Management.
The listing of closures may not be comprehensive, especially during a large flood and/or fast-changing rain and flash-flood situation. Drivers are always encouraged to exercise caution in flood-prone areas near rivers and creeks - turn around, don't drown!
- For a list, details and updates regarding closures on all numbered and lettered state highways and routes, visit MoDOT's Traveler Information Map.
- For updates on County Parks, visit the Parks Rainout Line.
- For updates in the West Alton and Portage Des Sioux area, please also see the Rivers Pointe Fire Protection District Facebook page.
- Cleanup and Sandbag Disposal Information
- Damage assessment and cleanup information from St. Charles County Community Development
as of 8:15 a.m., July 18, 2019
This page is updated as additional closings/issues are reported, but the listings may not be comprehensive due to fast-changing flood conditions.
Flooded Roads and Subdivisions
List of subdivision closures (Last report: July 17, 2019):
- Alta Villa subdivision - Inaccessible
- Alton Lake States
- Hideaway Harbor subdivision - Inaccessible
- Holiday Harbor
- Kampville subdivision - Inaccessible
- Karmil Wood subdivision - Inaccessible
- Lakeview subdivision - Inaccessible
- Lehmond Island subdivision - Inaccessible
- Peruque subdivision - Inaccessible
- Sherwood Harbor subdivision - Inaccessible
St. Charles County Parks Closures
- Bangert Island
- Hideaway Harbor
- The Winfield Ferry and Golden Eagle Ferry are closed until further notice due to flooding. View more information and updates on the Golden Eagle and Winfield Ferry.
Additional Alerts and News
Deadlines for Flood Assistance (June 18, 2019)
The deadline for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Individual Assistance (IA) is Sept. 9, 2019.
The SBA Economic Injury for Business Applications deadline is April 9, 2020.
Please see below for registration information.
FEMA Door-to-Door Outreach Starts July 14 (July 12, 2019)
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Teams will begin door-to-door outreach and registration for federal Individual Assistance (IA) in flood-impacted areas starting on Sunday, July 14. Team members will have FEMA credentials. IA can help with temporary housing, housing repairs, and replacement of household items. Affected residents also can register for assistance at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), from 7 a.m.-10 p.m., seven days a week. If you use a TTY, please call 1-800-462-7585.
SBA Disaster Assistance Loans Available (July 12, 2019)
As a result of President Trump’s major disaster declaration, federal disaster assistance is now available to St. Charles County homeowners, renters and businesses affected by severe weather events that began April 29. Applications for low-interest federal disaster loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration are available online at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Applicants may call SBA’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 or email email@example.com for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing may call 1-800-877-8339.
Damage Assessment Information (July 10, 2019)
A Detailed Damage Assessment inspection is required for all structures damaged by the flood and is the first step to become eligible for federal assistance (more info below). Also, this inspection can be helpful for insurance claims. If your property has been affected by flooding, please call 636-949-7345, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday–Friday, once the property is safely accessible to schedule a damage assessment.
Major Disaster Declaration, FEMA Assistance Available (July 9, 2019)
President Donald Trump has approved Missouri’s request for a major disaster declaration to assist residents and businesses in 20 counties in the state affected by flooding, tornadoes, and severe storms that began April 29. The President’s declaration includes St. Charles County and makes the federal Individual Assistance (IA) program available to eligible residents.
Affected residents can register for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) assistance with temporary housing, housing repairs, and replacement of household items. Individuals and families who sustained damage or losses can register for disaster assistance at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling FEMA’s toll-free registration number, 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), from 7 a.m.-10 p.m., seven days a week. If you use a TTY, please call 1-800-462-7585.
For additional information, please see the following releases:
Damage Assessment Information (July 6, 8, 2019)
St. County Damage Assessment staff will be at Highway B and West Alton on Monday, July 8, and Dwyer Road and West Alton Tuesday, July 9, to perform Detailed Damage Assessments. A Detailed Damage Assessment inspection is required for all structures damaged by the flood. This inspection can be helpful for insurance claims and may help owners qualify for assistance programs if available in the future.
If your property has been affected by flooding, please call 636-949-7345 8 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday–Friday, once the property is safely accessible to schedule a damage assessment.
Red Cross Multi-Agency Resource Center (June 25, 2019)
The American Red Cross of Missouri is sponsoring a MARC (Multi-Agency Resource Center) Saturday, June 29, 11 a.m.–7 p.m. at St. Charles Christian Church, 3337 Rue Royale St., St. Charles, MO 63301. The MARC will be staffed by the Red Cross and other state and local disaster assistance organizations to answer questions and provide assistance to those impacted by the flooding.
- Available assistance only applies to those who have had flood waters affect their primary residence. Individuals and families applying for assistance are required to bring identification showing address and proof of residence to be eligible for assistance from some agencies.
- Affected residents who cannot attend the MARCs should call 314-516-2769 to provide Red Cross with their contact information.
Application for Removal of Residential Improvements (June 25, 2019)
Homeowners whose property is destroyed by flooding can apply to have their real estate assessment modified through the St. Charles County Assessor’s office. The property must be inspected and determined to be “unsafe” and uninhabitable by the St. Charles County Division of Building and Code Enforcement.
- Download and submit a form. Please download the form and open in a PDF reader to submit electronically.
Damage Assessment Process, Obtaining Building Permits and Hiring Contractors (June 22, 2019)
St. Charles County's Division of Building and Code Enforcement is conducting inspections in areas affected by flooding. If you live in one of these areas, be sure to ask for proper agency identification from anyone who comes by to inspect your property.
An Initial Damage Assessment determines if unsafe conditions exist and allows the County to determine the amount of damage overall. Letters will be sent for every structure where damage is noted. The Detailed Damage Assessment occurs next and provides a comprehensive list of concerns on the property. These inspections are required by FEMA and determine eligibility for relief funding that may become available if a Federal Disaster Declaration is made by the President of the United States. More damage assessment info.
If your property needs inspection and the water is low enough that staff members can safely access all structures, please contact the Division of Building and Code Enforcement at 636-949-7345 or firstname.lastname@example.org. An adult over the age of 18 needs to be present during the inspection.
Please note that St. Charles County ordinances require a building permit to repair flood-damaged structures regardless of the type of work. Examples that require a building permit include drywall replacement, electrical work, siding replacement, roofing, door replacement, flooring, etc.
Electrical, mechanical and plumbing work requires contractors licensed with St. Charles County Government. The Division of Building and Code Enforcement has the following recommendations when hiring a contractor to ensure safety and quality:
- Ask family and friends for recommendations
- Always get three bids before hiring
- Obtain a contract and make clear expectations of work
- Obtain the building permit (when required) yourself or require a copy of the building permit prior to construction
- Do not pay upfront—instead, pay at certain milestones as work is completed
- When complete, obtain a mechanic’s lien waiver.
- Keep a copy of all receipts, invoices, and other documents.
Official ID in Flooded Areas (June 20, 2019)
St. Charles County Regional Emergency Management has been advised by local residents that individuals identifying themselves as representatives with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have been seen in flooded areas. County Regional Emergency Management has not been advised that FEMA or Missouri State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) flood plain personnel are in St. Charles County at this time. SEMA flood plain personnel ARE being deployed to flooded areas, but again, there is no confirmation that they are working in St Charles County.
While it is possible for members of several different agencies to be present for legitimate reasons without proper notification to the local government, residents should be cautious about individuals accessing their property and should ask them to produce proper agency identification. If you doubt the identity of anyone representing themselves as a representative of a local, state, or federal governmental agency, please contact St. Charles County Regional Emergency Management at 636-949-3023.
Damage Assessment Update (June 13, 2019)
St. Charles County Regional Emergency Management has provided initial damage assessment numbers to SEMA, the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency. This was necessary for the State of Missouri to request a Federal Disaster Declaration and public and individual assistance from FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency. St. Charles County has exceeded FEMA’s $1.3 million damage threshold to qualify for assistance. FEMA’s Joint Preliminary Damage Assessment Teams will verify the damage through aerial and ground assessments and submit a report to the President of the United States, who will make a final determination for assistance.
Tetanus Shots Available for Flood Responders, Homeowners (June 13, 2019)
With flood assessment and cleanup efforts expected to begin soon, the St. Charles County Department of Public Health reminds homeowners, first responders and volunteers working in or near floodwaters to make certain their tetanus vaccinations are up-to-date. Tetanus shots — either Tetanus-Diphtheria-Pertussis (Tdap) or Tetanus-Diphtheria (Td) — for flood recovery efforts in St. Charles County can be obtained through the health department or through other medical providers.
Responder agencies and volunteer groups needing tetanus vaccinations for their members should contact the health department’s Emergency Response Planner at 636-949-7554. Homeowners can schedule an appointment through the Immunization Clinic by calling 636-949-1857.
Recorder of Deeds Offers Free Copies of Land Deeds (June 12, 2019)
Recorder of Deeds Mary Dempsey is aware some residents in St. Charles County are suffering from the impact of flooding. From June 12 to Sept. 1, 2019, the Recorder of Deeds office will offer a free certified copy of land deeds if needed to prove ownership to insurance companies or relief agencies as a result of flood damage. Any resident interested should stop by the office at 201 N. Second Street in St. Charles and request a copy, and mention that it is for flood relief. Visit the Recorder of Deeds' website.
Flood Recovery Assistance (June 4, 2019)
Post-Flood Relief Clean Up Drive (June 4, 2019)
Trinity Lutheran Church in Orchard Farm is hosting a post-flood relief clean up drive. Visit their Facebook page for items requested and more information.
State of Emergency Declaration (June 3, 2019)
St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann has declared that a State of Emergency exists in the county as a result of on-going, severe weather and serious flooding which began on April 29. Rain has caused severe flooding, and there is the potential for additional flooding. The St. Charles County Police Department and St. Charles County Regional Emergency Management continue to provide emergency response to residents. The County is being proactive about health and safety issues and is providing the resources necessary to affected jurisdictions in assist in relieving weather-related distresses and hazards.
St. Charles County Police Public Safety Advisory: Restricted access to Portage des Sioux, West Alton, and Orchard Farm (June 1, 2019)
The areas of Portage des Sioux, West Alton, and Orchard Farm are under a voluntary evacuation order, due to flooding. While there are some flood ready homes, which are currently occupied by residents who have not evacuated, officials urge citizens to stay away from the impacted areas.
Do not attempt to enter Portage des Sioux, West Alton, and Orchard Farm by vehicle, boat, or any other means. Conditions are unsafe; therefore, the areas are being closely monitored by law enforcement officials.
Anyone found attempting unauthorized access to vacated residences and businesses will be taken into custody.
Flood Warning (May 30, 2019)
The U.S. National Weather Service – St. Louis, in cooperation with St. Charles County Regional Emergency Management, has issued a Flood Warning for Northeastern St. Charles County until 1:45 p.m., Thursday, June 6, 2019. As of Thursday, May 30, Regional Emergency Management received reports of overtopped levees along the Mississippi River in the area. This will cause flooding of lower elevations over the next several days. Locations that will experience flooding include West Alton, Portage des Sioux and Orchard Farm. Please TURN AROUND, DON'T DROWN when encountering flooded roads.
Please follow local media, the U.S. National Weather Service – St. Louis website, and the St. Charles County Regional Emergency Management and Rivers Pointe Fire Protection District Facebook pages for updates.