August 30, 2007

Thunderstorms Cause Flooding Problems Across Region

After being missed by nearly every chance for precipitation in August, Scotland County finally got some much needed rain last week.

Mother Nature finally dumped an estimated three to eight inches of rain on the region during the week of August 20th – 26th. While local grounds quickly absorbed the bulk of this water, neighboring regions didn’t fair as well. Storms that missed Scotland County earlier in the month had already water logged Iowa and Illinois and similar storms even further north ultimately impacted the region as flood warnings were issued across northeast Missouri.

On Friday morning, August 24th, the Missouri Department of Transportation officially closed Route C in Scotland County due to flooding. Route H was closed with Route CC and Route B also observed with minor flooding issues.

“Basically the biggest area of concern was between Crawford and Azen in the northwest and northcentral parts of the county,” said Emergency Management Director Bryan Whitney.

Numerous other bridges experienced flooding to a lesser degree. The Scotland County Sheriff’s Department monitored several roads for water issues and placed warning cones on at least three county roads to advise motorists of high water.

The Sheriff’s Department assisted a stranded motorist at approximately 5:45 a.m. on August 24th after the driver’s truck stalled in high water while attempting to cross a flooded roadway.

“We just had one incident reported due to the flooding,” Whitney said. “It was a unique situation, as most of our problems arose a day after the storms had hit Scotland County. Our flooding was as much a result of the storms further north as it was from the rainfall here in the county.”

Residents along the Mississippi River in northeast Missouri are continuing to witness these problems as Clark County is just one of numerous counties along the river that will remain under flood warnings the rest of the week.

According to the National Weather Service, the Mississippi River is expected to peak later this week.

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