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Old 04-26-2011, 07:40 AM   #1
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Routing Advice Needed

Hi ALL:

Have to run from winter camp here in Florida up to Mpls., MN due to mom's failing health up there. Due to stalled storm front in the middle of the country, we're trying to figure a safe route around this storm and plan to leave in a.m. over toward Mobile, AL and on N. to Jackson, MN, Memphis, St. Louis, etc. etc.

Wondering......ya think taking I-55 N. from the Jackson area of Mississippi and on up to St. Louis area then W. over to K.C. and I-35 North from there will be a problem??? Specifically, will the extensive flooding be a problem on I-55 from Jackson, MS, through Memphis, and up to St. Louis. T.V. talked about some town in Missouri being evacuated due to levee break. Will flooding along this route affect travel. What da ya think???

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Wondering......ya think taking I-55 N. from the Jackson area of Mississippi and on up to St. Louis area then W. over to K.C. and I-35 North from there will be a problem??? Specifically, will the extensive flooding be a problem on I-55 from Jackson, MS, through Memphis, and up to St. Louis. T.V. talked about some town in Missouri being evacuated due to levee break. Will flooding along this route affect travel. What da ya think???
Steve,

Google "511 STATE NAME" for any state you want to travel through. As an example, "511 Missouri". You'll find a link to the state sponsored website for travel advisories, Missouri 511 - Road Conditions, Closures, Accidents, Detours via 511 Traffic Systems in Missouri - DMV Guide for Missouri. That should have the latest info for you. Many states even offer toll free calls to 511 that will be answered by a live person who has up to the minute info (reports from a variety of sources: cameras, state police reports, motorist calls, etc.)

Good luck.

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Hi Steve,
If it were me, in addition to having the Weather Channel on all day (either in motion Sat or XM Radio), I'd try to get west of the bad weather first and then head north. I'm not sure how many miles you do in a day, but once one turns north, make that turn early in the morning and boogie. Consider:
1. taking I10 to I49 (Louisiana)
2. Take I49 North to Rt 71
3. Take Rt 71 North to KC and I35
4. Take I35 into Minneapolis

I do not know RT 71. Looking at it on a map, it should be okay. This route gets you as far West as practical before turning North
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Stu (777driver):
Thanks for info re: that "511 (state name)" site. Wife knew about it but not me. (She never tells me NUTTIN!! )

Gary:
Yup, that Louisiana route MIGHT do the trick, BUT, I'm cautious about running that Hyw. 71 you mentioned. Some secondary Louisiana routes are kinda iffy!!

We're still sittin here near Tampa/St. Pete due to major tornado system just North of here up in Fl. panhandle, MS. and Alabama, and we mean MAJOR!!.
Right now we're thinking to leave Friday a.m. and run up through Montgomery, to Birmingham, to Nashville (if flooding doesn't stop us), and then NW on I-24 toward Illinois etc. Worried about gettin through that area from Paducah into Illinois. Lotsa rivers there...eh?

Thanks again guys.

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Louisianna highways are terrible. Just came up 1-65 to Searcy Arkansas. It sucks. Friend in front got 8 barrels and I only hit 2. I went down I-61 from Memphis to Baton Rouge. Great route and no traffic. I would use I 55. I came up I-55 from Memphis Sunday through thunderstorms and it was OK . I-55 doesn't flood in Missouri.
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