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UPDATE: Monday night thunderstorm causes floods, fires, road closures

Monday, September 1, 2014 | 9:56 a.m. CDT; updated 11:30 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, September 2, 2014
The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for Boone County on Monday night.

UPDATE: Several roads remained closed Tuesday morning.

COLUMBIA — Lightning struck a north Columbia apartment building Monday night, and flash flood warnings were issued until 3:30 p.m. Tuesday as a severe thunderstorm passed over mid-Missouri.

As of 9 a.m. Tuesday morning, the following roads were closed:

  • Creasy Springs Road near Proctor Drive
  • I-70 Drive NW near Barnwood Drive
  • Sinclair Road south of Nifong Boulevard West
  • South Brushwood Lake Road at the Mill Creek bridge
  • Blackfoot Road

About 300 homes in south Columbia remained without power Tuesday morning, according to the city's power outage map.

The Columbia Fire Department arrived at 2607 Eastwood Drive at 6:21 p.m. Monday to find the roof on fire from a lightning strike. All residents were evacuated, and there were no reported injuries. Damage to the roof and attic was estimated at $5,000, according to a Fire Department news release.

"I heard a big crack," said Jordon McGaughey, who lives next door to the building. "I just thought it was thunder." McGaughey said she had "no idea what happened," until she stepped outside and saw the fire trucks.

Around 9 p.m., authorities reported flood water running across Highway WW near Old Hawthorne Drive as well as Sinclair Road near Mill Creek Elementary, according to Nixle alerts.

By 10:30 p.m., flood water was also reported near:

  • Mesa Drive and Tejon Circle
  • I-70 Drive NW and Barnwood Drive
  • North Creasy Springs Road near Proctor Drive
  • Highway 40 north of I-70

Mesa Drive and Tejon Circle were under approximately two feet of water, according to Nixle.

At 10 p.m., Hinkson Creek was 14 feet high, according to the National Weather Service. The creek reaches flood stage at 15 feet.


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