Rain closes roads, causes flood warnings throughout Missouri

Friday, September 12, 2008 | 12:30 p.m. CDT; updated 2:19 p.m. CDT, Friday, September 12, 2008

KANSAS CITY - Additional flood warnings have been posted in parts of Missouri as a rain-packed weather system moves through the state, closing roads and slowing traffic.

The National Weather Service on Friday issued a flood warning for Boone County and parts of Callaway County, including the cities of Columbia and Fulton. The warning will be in effect until 4:15 p.m. Friday.

Road closings

According to Boone County's Web site,, as of 1:30 p.m. Friday, the following roads are closed due to flooding:
1100 Block of Nashville Church Road
Owen School Road, east of Davenport Road
Blackfoot Road just south of Columbia city limits
Rangeline Road S at David Allen Road
Rangeline Road S at Ben Williams Road

Law enforcement officers reported several roads were closed in Fulton and around Boone County.

Three to 6 inches of rain are expected to fall in central Missouri between Friday and Sunday, said Butch Dye of the National Weather Service in St. Louis.

According to the Agriculture Experiment Station, which updates local weather conditions every five minutes on its Web site, Columbia had 1.88 inches of precipitation by 1 p.m. on Friday.

In St. Louis, dozens of cars drove through high water that in some cases nearly reached hood level. Some motorists pulled onto grassy areas along streets to wait for the water level to drop.

 Missourian reporter Caroline Evans contributed to this report.


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