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Personal logo Ooh Rah Supporting Member of TMP30 Dec 2015 8:20 p.m. PST

Can anyone near Memphis tell me what your local news is telling you about possible road closings due to the recent flooding?

I need to find out if I-40 will be open or closed on Friday Jan. 1. Can't find anything on the Internet about Memphis.

I need to cross the Mississippi somewhere in order to get home to Missouri.

Normally I use Highway 51 & 60 near Paducah KY, but it will be closed due to flooding according to my Internet search.

Thanks in advance!

Personal logo Saginaw Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member31 Dec 2015 5:48 a.m. PST

Ooh Rah, try the local television and radio stations, in particular the news and traffic links on their sites. Here are some links:


Good luck, and stay safe out there, Ooh Rah. thumbs up

jdpintex31 Dec 2015 6:40 a.m. PST

If the I40 bridge is flooded then Memphis is underwater. Unless there is an icing issue, that bridge never closes.

I lived there in the big flood in the early 90s and there was never an issue except for ice and the Memphis drivers.

Good luck getting home.

Personal logo Ooh Rah Supporting Member of TMP31 Dec 2015 8:22 a.m. PST

Thanks for the links! Google's News site found only one link about possible flooding in Memphis and the surrounding areas, but there was nothing specific about I-40.

Yes, it's highly unlikely the I-40 bridge itself will be flooded. We've crossed there once or twice, and I remember it is a very high bridge.

However, I do not remember much about the surrounding area. I was thinking the bridge might be closed if the roads leading up to the bridge are flooded. That's what happened to the bridges near Paducah KY where we normally cross (U.S. 51 Cairo bridge over the Ohio and Wickliffe bridge over the Mississippi). Both bridges were closed at midnight last night because the surrounding roads are flooded.

This could be a long, long drive home, but we are leaving very early on New Year's Day to give ourselves plenty of time. Thanks again!

Personal logo Ooh Rah Supporting Member of TMP03 Jan 2016 6:55 a.m. PST

Made it home, no problems from flooding. Looks like the flooding is making its way south to Memphis, though.

I completely forgot about all the many low-lying areas in Arkansas after crossing the I-40 bridge in Memphis. Already there is a lot of standing water along I-55 and US 63 heading north from Memphis thru Jonesboro AR. Some parts of those roads may be affected in the days ahead.

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