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The Broadway floodgate has been reopened in Cape Girardeau after a steady decline in Mississippi River levels.

“We are glad that it is open, that we can at least get the one open,” says Public Works Director Stan Polivick. 

The Broadway gate opened Monday morning, but Polivick says a difference in elevation--about 18 inches--is keeping the Themis Street floodgate closed until later this week, when he expects waters to recede further. This could happen by Wednesday or Thursday. 

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Southeast Missouri State University has become a living quarters for not only students, but for some employees and National Guard personnel as floodwaters remain throughout the region.

 

On Monday, university employees from southern Illinois moved into Vandiver Hall. 

 

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Spring and summer are often accompanied by the threat of river flooding in the Midwest, and this year, that threat has translated into historic high river levels. 

In the wake of water damage done to homes, businesses, and other property, consumers must be on the lookout for unscrupulous storm-chasing contractors seeking to cash in on the destruction. Fly-by-night contractors often go door-to-door in the wake of natural disasters, offering to help victims clear debris or patch up homes. 

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Updated: Jun. 13, 2019 // 11:44 a.m.

 

A temporary shelter location in McClure opened by the Red Cross earlier this week has been relocated to a church in Cape Girardeau.

 

In response to flood and tornado damage across the state, the Red Cross currently has six shelters available for residents whose homes are uninhabitable.

 

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A major stepping stone has been laid for local residents working past flood conditions that have struck Missouri.

After declaring a state of emergency on March 21st, Governor Mike Parson announced last night that President Donald Trump had approved his request for a major disaster declaration.