May 20, 2010

Spring Storms Swamp Soggy Scotland County

Flash flooding across the region was blamed for at least two deaths as another wet May is taking its toll on Northeast Missouri.

Local reports attributed as much as six to seven inches of rain to a storm front that struck Scotland County May 12th and 13th.

Emergency Management Director Bryan Whitney indicated the heavy rains and flooding had done significant damage to county and state roads in Scotland County.

A Rutledge man lost his life in a traffic accident in Schuyler County on May 13. Jody Jones, 32, was swept away by flood water after the truck he was a passenger in, crashed into a ravine on Route D created by a collapsed culvert. Floodwaters had washed away the structure and the road above.

Whitney stated that county and Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) crews were accessing the damage to the local infrastructure on Friday after flood waters began to recede.

He indicated that preliminary estimates provided by Scotland County Road Boss Ryan Clark, placed the price tag at just shy of $100,000 for damage to the countyís 62.7 miles of gravel roads.

ďIíve been in contact with the State Emergency management Agency and they expect to have a team here sometime in the next few days to investigate the damage and assess the road issues.

In addition to the culvert issue on Route D in Schuyler County, MoDOT crews also reported road damage on Route T and Route MM. Whitney added that the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad also had reported storm damage along the road right-of-way at their crossing northeast of Rutledge.

Flash flooding forced several road closings in Scotland County on Thursday. MoDOT closed Route H, Route W, Route T, Route C, Route A and Route MM because of high waters over the roadway.

Scotland County R-I Schools were not in session Thursday, May 13th due to the flooding and corresponding transportation issues.

While it did not quite reach the September 2008 flood levels along the Fabius River on the west edge of Memphis, rising waters did force the evacuation of farm machinery from the Fuller Farms building.

Whitney noted that once SEMA compiles the damage reports for the county the information will become part of a statewide report given to the governorís office for consideration for state aid. The county report has been completed and filed by Whitney with SEMA.

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