UPDATE: Flooding causes early morning road closures, water rescue

Thursday, April 3, 2014 | 9:04 a.m. CDT; updated 2:49 p.m. CDT, Thursday, April 3, 2014
Flooding from this week's severe storms accumulates on Blackfoot Road on Thursday. A road sign marking measurements showed about six inches of water covering the road. Boone County Public Works closed a portion of the road to traffic.

This story has been updated to include a flood warning for Boone and surrounding counties until 1 p.m. Friday, and an estimated rainfall amount.

COLUMBIA — Two women whose car was trapped on flooded Blackfoot Road were helped to safety early Thursday morning by firefighters.

The water from nearby Bear Creek covered the road, which left the silver four-door car and its passengers trapped, John Metz of the Columbia Fire Department said.

The emergency was reported at 5:30 a.m. Thursday. Firefighters found the two women sitting on the hood of the car surrounded by water.

"Two rescuers with flotation devices went into the water and were able to pull the women out safely," Metz said.

Strong thunderstorms Thursday morning prompted a flood warning for Boone, Callaway, Cole and Moniteau counties until 1 p.m. Friday. Radar indicated at least 3 inches of rain had fallen in the area in the past 12 hours. Sanborn Field at MU reported 2.28 inches of rain on Thursday through 2:45 p.m.

The severe weather prompted Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon to  declare a state of emergency after storms struck most of the state on Thursday, spawning a tornado in suburban St. Louis and causing flash flooding in several areas.

Nixon activated the State Emergency Operations Center and the Missouri State Emergency Operations Plan, which allows state agencies to coordinate with local jurisdictions for emergency services.

Boone County Emergency Management listed the following road closures due to flooding early Thursday morning:

  • 2800 Blackfoot Road, 5:57 am.
  • Intersection of Wilcox and O'Neal roads, 6:01 a.m.
  • Stone Drive at Dripping Springs Road through Silver Fork Hill Road, 7:53 a.m.
  • Hecht Road at Route OO, 8:10 a.m.
  • Stidham Road at Richardson Drive, 9:07 a.m.
  • Friendship Church Road between McKenzie Road and Sportsmans Drive, 8:58 a.m.
  • Botner Road at the low water crossing, 8:56 a.m.
  • Driskel Road between Route E and Moreau Road, 9:44 a.m.

For the latest on road closures in Boone County, go to emergency management's road closure page.

Supervising editor is Allie Hinga.

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