Rainy-day warriors

Friday, June 29, 2007 | 12:02 a.m. CDT; updated 10:12 p.m. CDT, Saturday, July 19, 2008
Heavy rainfall in Columbia caused flooding in the MKT tunnel that passes under Stadium Boulevard. Steve Hofmann had to slow down to pass.

Heavy rainfall didn’t keep everyone inside for a lazy afternoon nap in their cozy homes. Some ventured into the downpour, including cyclist Steve Hoffman and fisherman Keith Pryor.

The rainfall was substantial. According to the National Weather Service in St. Louis, Boone County received 1.5 inches of rain Wednesday and .87 more inches as of 4 p.m. Thursday. The forecast calls for rain to continue for most of today and for the skies to stay cloudy until Saturday night. A flash flood watch is in effect until this afternoon.

The fish bite better when it drizzles, Keith Pryor said. This is his second catch of the day Thursday; the first was a catfish that he plans to clean and cook. After three hours in the rain at Stephens Lake Park, his shirt was soaked through.

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