Shelters established for motorists affected by closure of Interstates 70 and 44
Missourians urged not to drive in conditions that remain dangerous
The Department of Public Safety and the State Emergency Management Agency announces that
due to the closure of Interstate 70 between I-470 (Mile Marker 15) in Independence and
Route A in Wentzville (Mile Marker 212), emergency shelters have been established to assist
motorists in need of assistance. The following Red Cross shelters have been established:
St. Peters – Exit 219
Ft. Zumwalt South High School
8050 Mexico Road
Warrenton – Exit 193
Knights of Columbus Hall
700 S. South Street
Wright City – Exit 199
Emmanuel United Church of Christ
141 N. Service Road West
Oak Grove – Exit 28
Oak Grove Civic Center
2100 South Broadway
Lee's Summit – Exit 15
Woods Chapel United Methodist Church
4725 NE Lake Wood Way
All of Interstate 70 is closed between Independence and Wentzville. Motorists traveling the
interstate should exit at the first highway and seek shelter.
Due to the closure of Interstate 44 from Routes O and H (Mile Marker 59) at the Greene
County-Lawrence County line to the Oklahoma state line, a shelter has also been established at:
Springfield – Exit 75
Greater Ozarks Red Cross Chapter
1545 N. West Bypass
All of Interstate 44 is closed between Exit 80 and the Oklahoma state line. Motorists traveling
the interstate should exit at the first highway and seek shelter.
The Missouri Department of Transportation is working to clear all of Interstate 70 and Interstate
44. The Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Missouri National Guard are patrolling both
interstates and will provide assistance to any stranded motorists.
"These interstates are closed due to a tremendous amount of snow that has made them
impassible, and conditions are still treacherous on other roads across Missouri," said Col. Ron
Replogle, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol. "I continue to strongly
urge Missourians not to travel during these dangerous conditions."
The State Emergency Management Agency is working with local jurisdictions, the Red Cross
and other partner organizations to establish additional shelters. Information about these and
other shelters that may be established is available from 211 Missouri, which can be reached by
dialing 211, or (800) 427-4626. The information is also available at www.211missouri.org.
Shelter information is also available at www.mo.gov and www.sema.dps.mo.gov.