Flood Advisory Extended; Flash Flood Watch Remains In Effect

The National Weather Service has extended the Flood Advisory for the Lake area, including Camden, Miller and Morgan counties, until 7 P-M. Heavy rainfall this morning was producing minor flooding across the area, and minor flooding of low water crossings has been reported. This advisory includes but is not limited to Route hh in Tuscumbia and Highway 52 at Coon Creek 3 miles northeast of Tuscumbia.

A Flash Flood Watch remains in effect through Tuesday morning. Camden, Miller and Morgan counties are included in the Watch area. The National Weather Service says new rainfall on already saturated ground will result in flash flooding… especially on small streams and low water crossings.

Weekly Road Work

Well its Monday and that means its time to take a look at the roadwork for the listening area in the tri county area’s.

Miller County
Daylight Hours
Route Z between Route W and Route Y – Culvert pipe replacement in various locations will take place Monday, April 30 through Thursday, May 3.

Morgan County
Daylight Hours
Route 135 between Route 50 and Route 52 – Roadway resurfacing continues. One lane will be open and crews will flag traffic through the work area. The project is scheduled for completion in late May.
Route JJ between Route 135 and Route D – Roadway maintenance will take place Monday, April 30 through Thursday, May 3. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.

Camden County
Route 54 at the Route 5 Interchange in Camdenton – Sidewalk construction and ramp widening is underway.
*Traffic has been shifted to accommodate the installation of temporary barrier curbs in preparation for sidewalk construction across the U.S. Route 54 overpass bridge.

Daylight Hours
Route 54 between Route 5 and Key Largo Road – Roadside maintenance in the eastbound and westbound lane will take place Tuesday, May 1 through Thursday, May 10. One eastbound and one westbound lane will be open through the work area.

Route E between Route 7 and Route A – Culvert pipe replacement in various locations will take place Tuesday, May 1 through Thursday, May 3. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.

Intersection Closed

Another serious accident at the intersection at Key Largo and Highway 54 in Osage Beach Saturday. Seeing this is the latest in a long line of crashes at the site, MoDOT has closed the intersection until further notice.

Nixon Signs School Funding Bill

Gov. Nixon’s signed House Bill 2014, the Supplemental Budget for Fiscal Year 2012. It provides, among other things, $31 million in General Revenue for public education to make up for shortfalls in riverboat gaming and tobacco funding and ensure that schools receive the resources they are expecting to receive for the remainder of the current school year.

Groundbreaking Scheduled for New Hurricane Deck Bridge

A groundbreaking ceremony for the new Hurricane Deck Bridge will be held next week. State and local officials will break ground on the $32.3 million project at the north end of the bridge along Route 5, at 10 a.m. next Friday. The public is invited and parking will be provided at the Deepwater Inn, north of the bridge, with shuttle service from the parking area to the ceremony site.

According to MoDOT, the new bridge will be located on the east side of the existing structure, which is located south of Sunrise Beach. The new bridge will be wider to include two 12-foot driving lanes with seven-foot shoulders on each side. The existing bridge will remain open to traffic during construction of the new structure, which will be complete in late 2013. Some occasional lane closures on Route 5 and across the bridge should be expected.

Edwards Out as Laurie Police Chief

Laurie Police Chief Shane Edwards is no longer Laurie Police Chief . Officer Mark Black has been appointed Acting Chief as of yesterday. Details surrounding Edwarsds’ sudden departure remain a mystery. The Laurie Board of Aldermen discussed Chief Edwards during a closed meeting Wednesday night. City Clerk Olive Wood says the city will not release any information until after the 72 hour period required by the Sunshine Law. She does confirm that Edwards is no longer employed by the city of Laurie.

Lake Ozark Alderman Postpone Liquor Vote

Even if it is only for a few hours the Lake Ozark Board of Alderman could not seem to agree on a request to allow open containers of alcohol on The Strip in Lake Ozark. The special event later this month ran by John Hartenstein is the KC sanctioned Blues & BBQ held the weekend from May 31-June 2. Hartenstein asked the board of aldermen to suspend the city’s ban on open containers in a limited area, for 10-hours during the event. Although there were several questions from one of the Alderman the board will take another look at the proposal at their next meeting.