Cars drive down a partially flooded Stockyards Expressway as the region deals with flooding. The city of St. Joseph closed the Expressway Thursday afternoon.

Officials sounded the alarms Thursday evening in Elwood, Kansas Thursday evening.

At 7:15 p.m. Doniphan County Sheriff’s deputies and Elwood police drove up and down the streets to inform residents to evacuate the area as water levels rose to 30 feet.

According to a deputy, no one will be allowed back into the city without a photo ID and a utility bill proving they are from Elwood.

Water encroaches in Stockyards Expressway

Employees at the St. Joseph Public Works Department rushed to move large equipment from the premises as flood waters rushed into the property Thursday evening.

Around 5 p.m, flood water could be seen flowing in from the river and surrounding large equipment located behind the Public Works buildings as employees moved equipment to multiple areas up north as well as Phil Welch Stadium, according to Superintendent of Streets and Infrastructure Keven Schneider.

Schneider, who had been in Elwood assisting with sandbagging efforts, said other workers were working to set up pumps to try and secure the area and prevent stationary equipment from being ruined by floodwaters.

“We got a lot of the stuff off the first floor earlier in the week, we just had some basic necessities left to keep business running, we got a lot of the stuff moved out of the yards and onto higher ground at so we just had some equipment to drive out,” he said.

At approximately 4:46 p.m, St. Joseph Police announced that the Stockyards Expressway had been closed off until further notice due to flooding, with waters inching closer to 30 feet.

Police were on the scene diverting traffic off the Expressway and onto Hickory Street.

“this part of town from about the central business district down south next to the river, there are a lot of street closures and just try to avoid it if you can,” Schneider said.

At last measure, the Missouri River stood at 30.13 feet.

Schneider said they are preparing for the possibility of having to sandbag areas along Missouri Route 759 and the Stockyards Expressway as water levels continue to rise into tomorrow.

Red Cross opens more shelters

The American Red Cross in St. Joseph is opening more shelters for those affected by flooding.

The following shelters have opened:

The Keys Christian Fellow Ship, 6001 S. Ninth St.

Troy Community Building, 1217 Last Chance Road, Troy, Kansas.

Mound City Christian Church, 402 Fifth St., Mound City, Missouri.

For those planning on using these shelters, the Red Cross asks them to bring clothing for a few days, bedding, toiletries, essential medications, emergency kits and comfort items.

Those wanting to help residents affected by the can do so by making a gift donation to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Visit redcross.org or call 1-800-REDCROSS.

Cameron Montemayor can be reached at cameron.montemayor@newspressnow.com. Follow him on Twitter: @NPNowMontemayor.