Two American Red Cross shelters are now open to help residents affected by severe flooding. One shelter is open at Christ the King Lutheran Church located on Bagnell Dam Boulevard in Lake Ozark. In Pulaski County, the Red Cross is operating a shelter at the St. Robert Community Center, on J.H. Williamson Drive in St. Robert. Volunteers have served meals throughout the community to affected residents and first responders. They are also conducting damage assessments throughout this affected area to determine the needs of residents. Red Cross staff and volunteers are also assessing the needs throughout the surrounding counties and are on standby to provide additional support.
Emergency officials in Camden County are keeping their eyes on streams and rivers that are currently in flood stage or are very close to flood stage. Flooding is expected along the Big and Little Niangua rivers in the next few days. Officials say people living along both rivers and tributaries need to keep a close watch on the weather conditions. Residents in these areas are also reminded to be prepared to move to higher ground. Camden County officials say they are in direct contact with fire and ambulance districts along with Camden County Road and Bridge, MODOT, the Missouri Highway Patrol, Ameren Missouri, SHO-ME Power and the US Army Corps of Engineers to keep a constant assessment of the situation.
The Missouri Department of Transportation says flood waters from the Gasconade River have caused a closure of three major roadways in Miller County. Route 42 east of Iberia to Route T-T is closed due to water over the roadway in two places. Route 17 at Tavern Creek north of Iberia is closed due to water over the roadway. Motorists should take extra care in their travels during this time and never attempt to get around roadway barriers or drive across flooded roadways. MoDOT also recommends allowing extra travel time if detours are necessary. Drivers are encouraged to check MoDOT’s Traveler Information Map, located at www.modot.org, follow the Central District’s Facebook(www.facebook.com/MoDOTCentralMissouriDistrict) or Twitter (@MoDOT_Central) pages or call the department’s toll free number at 1-888-ASK-MODOT, to get updated on road conditions.
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.
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.
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.
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.