UPDATE: Boone County officials work to repair flooded roads

Thursday, April 30, 2009 | 7:28 p.m. CDT; updated 8:33 p.m. CDT, Thursday, April 30, 2009

COLUMBIA — Officials are assessing the damage done to roadways in Boone County as a result of the flash flooding that occurred Wednesday night and Thursday.

According to Chip Estabrooks, Boone County maintenance operations manager, crews with the county’s public works department were assessing damage and making emergency repairs to roadways Thursday.

“Most of the damage was to gravel roads,” Estabrooks said.

He said the worst damage was in the northeast quadrant of the county, but that damage could be found in all areas, including hard-surface roads.

“We actually lost some pavement in some areas,” Estabrooks said.

The National Weather Service reported Thursday morning that more than two inches of rain had fallen in Columbia in a 24-hour period.

As of 6:15 p.m. Thursday, there were 15 reported road closures because of flooding, according to Boone County's Web site. No new closures had been reported since 1:51 p.m. as of Thursday night.

The Boone County Commissioners will also host an emergency flood preparedness meeting Friday afternoon to discuss the recent flooding and the potential response to any additional flooding, according to Porcshe Moran, Boone County public information officer.

Emergency personnel in the county also have responded to three water rescues during the flooding according to emergency management office director James McNabb.

The first rescue occurred at 10:14 p.m. Wednesday near 14580 Level Road according to McNabb.

“The caller heard someone yelling for help and responders were sent,” McNabb said.

Another rescue happened at about 1:05 a.m. near the intersection of Rock Quarry Road and Missouri 163.

A third was received at 9:43 a.m. Thursday near the intersection of Gillespie Bridge Road and Coats Lane.

He said all of the water rescues were successful and that there were no injuries.

Emergency personnel also responded to numerous reports of flooded structures, according to the city’s website.

Concerns about more flooding remain, though, as rain remains in the forecast through the weekend, according to Butch Dye, hydrometeorological technician with the National Weather Service in St. Louis.

‘There’s a chance of rain each of the next few days that could aggravate the condition of the river basins,” Dye said.

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