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After dodging tornado, Moniteau County faces flooding in some areas

After dodging tornado, Moniteau County faces flooding in some areas

May 29th, 2019 by Staff Reports in News

A barn roof in High Point lays in shambles after the May 23, 2019, severe storms.

Photo by Liz Morales /News Tribune.

Areas surrounding California felt the intense impact of an EF-3 tornado that hit Mid-Missouri on May 22.

Most of the tornado's damage was felt in Jefferson City along Christy Drive and Ellis Boulevard. California was not affected.

In Eldon, the tornado left two ballfields and a playground damaged in Apperson Park on the south side of town. Many trees were uprooted in Rock Island Park near Business 54, rendering the park closed until further notice.

Eldon Parks and Recreation Director Michael Brandt said the tornado left "a lot of cleanup work, a lot of debris and a lot of trees down."

"It's just a matter of going in and making sure there's no nails anywhere and the parks are safe," he added.

Eldon's Wilson Park, just off South Grand, was undergoing renovations for the summer. Brandt said none of the new equipment was touched, allowing the park to reopen when trees and other debris are cleared from the area.

Just after the tornado's touchdown, the Eldon Community Center opened as a tornado shelter for affected residents. The building has been serving as the American Red Cross shelter.

Moniteau County Sheriff Tony Wheatley said he sent part of his team to assist Miller County to provide support for Eldon.

In Moniteau County, the Marion and Sandy Hook areas have been feeling the impact of another element — water.

Parts of the Missouri River bottoms in the area were underwater as of late last week, but the two villages have not seen significant damage.

A week after the initial flooding, Wheatley and Moniteau County Commissioner Noland Porter said Tuesday the Marion/Sandy Hook area still has not seen emergent damage.

"The main thing is on the bypass road; you just have to get around that," Porter said. "We have had to go up there and grate it several times; that's really the only thing."

The bypass road, or Missouri 179, has been closed for just over a week, Porter said. In addition, Chapel and Bacon Ridge roads are closed due to water crossing over the roadway.

Farmer Mark Smith, who owns property near the river, said this weather phenomenon is nothing new to the region.

"We come to expect this every year or so," Smith said. "It's really nothing to worry about. If you live here, you have to know flooding is going to happen and plan around it."

With rain in the forecast again, Porter agrees with Smith on the farming front.

"It's making it hard on getting crops out, like corn and beans," Porter said. "I know it's flooded in the bottoms. But most people have insurance for things like this."

Weather resources:

Eastern Missouri river stages

Western Missouri river stages

Mid-Missouri forecast, radar

Ameren's Truman and Bagnall Dam daily report

Missouri state highway road closings