Red Cross Helping Flooded Areas

Volunteers from the Heart of Missouri Chapter of the American Red Cross are helping residents affected by the flooding in Miller County.  Red Cross staff and volunteers are working to meet the immediate needs of affected residents and support first responders.  Assistance is also being provided in Maries and Phelps counties.  In Pulaski County, a shelter is open at the St. Robert Community Center on JH Williamson Drive in St. Robert.  Authorities say flash floods occur very suddenly as waters rise rapidly along streams or in low-lying areas. A flash flood watch means flooding is possible in the area. A flash flood warning means flooding is already happening or will occur soon.

Roadway Resurfacing Begins on Route 5

The Missouri Department of Transportation are beginning to resurface route 5 between route 52 in Versailles and the Niangua Bridge near Camdenton adding four foot shoulders and rumble strips to the roadway. They are also planning to do the same resurfacing project to Route 54 in Camden County between old Route 5 and the Niangua Bridge. Motorists should expect periodic lane closures and minor delays through the duration of the work which is scheduled to be completed in the fall.

Some Lake Area Roads are Flooded

Severe flooding has caused several area roads to be closed in the Lake of the Ozarks. At this time in Miller County, Tavern Creek concrete slab crossings are closed along with Swinging Bridges and Saline areas. Also route K at the southeastern edge of the county is closed both directions due to flooding over the roadway. Route N is Laclede County is closed due to water over the roadway. Also in Pulaski county several roads are closed including route U in both directions at the northwester part of the county. To find out more about road closures, check out the Missouri Department of Transportation’s website at modot.org or contact your local emergency management agency. Remember, if you come across a road that is underwater, turn around don’t drown and find an alternate route.

Governor Declares State of Emergency on Flooding in Missouri

The Governor has declared a State of Emergency after flooding in the central and southern portions of Missouri turns deadly. According to the Governor’s report, one person has died so far due to the flooding in Pulaski County. After declaring the emergency, the Missouri State Emergency Operations Plan was executed allowing national agencies to work with local officials. Highway patrol has sent rescue helicopters to the flooded areas while marine operation troopers are on the way to help the citizens and businesses. The Governor is urging residents living in the flooded areas to be cautious and to head all warnings from the National weather service. There is still more rain expected throughout the next week in our forecast.

MO Health Net Personal Information Compromised

A state agency that provides medical services for people with disabilities says some of their personal information was mailed to an incorrect address by one of its contractors.  Mo Health Net, which provides services in Camden, Miller, Morgan and counties throughout the state, is sending written notices to more than 13 hundred people.  Officials say a software error affected the mailings between October of 2011 and June of this year.  No medical or financial information was released.  Information potentially released includes participant name, date of birth, MO HealthNet identification account number, county name, phone number, and the last four digits of the social security number.  Officials say there is no reason to believe that any identity theft has occurred, but MO HealthNet, through Infocrossing, Inc., is offering affected consumers free continuous credit monitoring services and enhanced identity theft consultation and restoration for two years. 

Laurie Hillbilly BBQ was a success

The 21st annual Laurie Hillbilly Barbeque was hit this past weekend with over 51 entries overall with 10 of those being children between the ages of 5 to 10

Susann Huff on the BBQ event

Laurie Parks and Events Coordinator Susann Huff organized the while the Kansas City Barbeque Association did the judging. This year’s grand prize winners where the Sedalia Masterbasters, bringing home a cool $1,500 dollars. They were also entered into the American Royal Invitational in Kansas City where Barbecue masters can compete for a chance to be in the Jack Daniels World Championship Barbeque event in Tennessee later this year. Huff says this event is what really gets them setup for the Laurie Hillbilly Fair which is going to get started in September:

Susann Huff on the Hillbilly Fair

For more information on the hillbilly fair go to http://cityoflaurie.com

Another case of Cyclospora found in Missouri

A 3rd report of the Disease spreading around the country called Cyclospora has been found yet again in the State of Missouri. Ryan Hobart with the Department of Health and Senior Services:

Ryan Hobart on the cases

Hobart says if you have the disease, it’s not fun:

Ryan Hobart on the Symptoms

If you are having these symptoms (extended diarrhea, extreme stomach pain or nausea) Hobart says you need to see a doctor right away to determine if the cause is Cyclospora. Though the illness that have been reported so far have yet to be confirmed, health agencies in other states have started tracking down the causes to a possible lettuce grown in Mexico. If you need more information on the disease, you can go online to health.mo.gov

Ryan Hobart on the online details

So far of the three reports in this state, one has been in Jackson County and two now in Taney County. Mo health officials have not yet found the cause of this illness nor confirmed the illness but are working with the CDC to find out what is causing it.