Total Closure Tonight on Hwy 54

All lanes of Route 54 between the Osage River Bridge and the Route 242 interchange will be closed for one hour beginning at midnight tonight to allow Ameren Missouri crews to repair power lines damaged by Monday night’s storm. Motorists will be detoured along Route 242 and Business 54 across the Bagnell Dam during the closure.  Local law enforcement and MoDOT are working with Ameren to coordinate the closure. Electronic message boards and other traffic control tools will be put in place to help direct traffic around the work zone.

The speed limit on that same stretch of Route 54 will be reduced to 40 mph from 6:30 a.m. – noon on Thursday to enable Ameren Missouri to work on overhead power lines.


Former Girls Basketball Coach in Court on Wednesday

A former Richland High School girl’s assistant basketball coach will be formally arraigned on a charge that he allegedly had inappropriate contact with one of his players.  26-year old Trevor Franklin of Stoutland will be in a Pulaski County court room on Wednesday for a preliminary hearing.  He is charged with sexual contact with a student by a teacher, student teacher, employee, contract employee, school official or volunteer. Prosecutors say the incidents happened last year while Franklin was a coach at Richland High School.  He allegedly arranged secret meetings with the victim, sent her thousands of text messages and touched her inappropriately.  Franklin remains free on bond. 

Key Word for the New Woods Supermarket is ‘Anchor’

The key word is Anchor, the New Woods Supermarket is now open in Sunrise beach and all city officials believe this is the next step in seeing businesses move to the west side of the lake.

Representative Diane Franklin:

Diane Franklin on the new store

Lake West Chamber of Commerce’s Mike Canegy:

Mike Canegy on the new store

And Representative Rocky Miller:

Rocky Miller on the new store

And Finally Don Wood himself on what is the Flagship of the Woods Supermarket Chain

Don Woods on Woods Supermarket

How to Help the Oklahoma Tornado Victims

For those who would like to help the victims in the devastating tornado in Moore, Oklahoma there are two avenues locally.   Dave Griffith is Executive Director of the Heart of Missouri Chapter of the American Red Cross:

David Griffith on how to help through the Red Cross Heart of Missouri Chapter

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks will provide long-term assistance, according to Louise Canower:

Louise Canower on how to help with a tax deductible donation to the Community Foundation

Wednesday is the anniversary of the Joplin EF5 tornado

NWS Confirms Tornado in Morgan County

The National Weather Service confirms a tornado touched down Monday night in Morgan County,  three miles west-northwest of Gravois Mills.  Meteorologist Doug Cramer at the National Weather Service in Springfield says the EF-0 tornado touched down briefly at 8:46 p.m., uprooting numerous trees and causing minor structural damage:

NWS meteorologist Doug Cramer

The path of the tornado was 100 yards wide.


Utility Crews Restoring Power After Severe Storm

Co-Mo Electric crews have restored power to nearly 5,000 members affected by last night’s storm. 6,400 Co-Mo members were left in the dark. Co-Mo says the hardest hit areas were Ivy Bend and Gravois Mills.

Laclede Electric Cooperative reports their crews were able to restore power to all of their members in the Camdenton area Monday night and early this  morning.

As of mid-afternoon, Ameren Missouri was still reporting a couple dozen outages in the Rocky Mount area and near Tuscumbia, with less than 1,000 customers still without power statewide.

Severe Weather Leaves Behind Damage in Lake Ozark

The clean up continues as severe weather leaves behind damage in Lake Ozark.  Police Chief Mark Maples says downed power lines caused both eastbound and westbound Highway 54 to be closed.  Power went out on the south side of the city which also caused traffic lights to go off.  The Police Department also lost power for some time.  There was a report of a gasoline leak at Marine Max.  Officers responded and the gas lines were shut off.  The Department of Natural Resources was as contacted about the possibility of gas making it into the lake.  Twin Oaks Road had downed trees on the street and also on homes.  Billboard signs were blown over in the area of the Bagnell Dam Boulvevard and the Osage Beach Parkway.  Damage was reported at the Eagles Landing construction site with trailers being blown over.  Maples says if any Lake Ozark residents has storm debris on the roads they are asked to contact call city hall and make a report so that can be added it to the list for clean up.