Farmers in the Missouri River Valley are carefully watching the river and adjacent waterways in light of upriver reservoir releases. Many farmers have grain and livestock in areas threatened by rising floodwaters and possible levee breaches.
"In light of recent heavy rainfall and high river levels, we want to give producers every opportunity to move livestock, supplies and equipment to higher ground," said Director of Agriculture Jon Hagler. "With the increased threat of flooding, it is vital that Missourians monitor the situation and take any necessary precautions to protect their lives and livelihoods."
The Missouri Department of Agriculture requested, and the Missouri Department of Transportation agreed, to allow heavier than normal loads of farm commodities from flooded areas to safer storage. Farmers, private and for-hire motor carriers may carry up to 10 percent more than their licensed weight on Missouri highways. However, the heavier loads are not allowed to use interstate routes.
Overweight permits will not be required. All other traffic and motor carrier regulations that normally apply remain in place. This waiver is in effect between noon, Thursday, June 2, and noon, Thursday, June 30.
Safety advisory for propane users
Floods can damage propane equipment. Floodwaters can move, shift or damage lines and tanks. Water and debris can find their way inside regulators and appliance controls causing potential safety issues.
Consumers should not try, under any circumstances, to modify or repair valves, regulators or other appliance parts that have been damaged or submerged during flooding, according to the Missouri Propane Gas Association.
If your gas supply has been turned off or if any propane appliances or equipment has been damaged or submerged, you must have a qualified service technician perform a complete inspection and leak test before the gas system is restored to service. This is a Missouri state regulation, which coincides with national safety codes.
If your propane tank has been moved or is missing after a flood, or if you find a propane tank that is not yours, call your propane supplier or local fire department immediately.
Sources: Missouri Department of Agriculture & Missouri Press Association