JEFFERSON COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – Flash flooding throughout the day on Thursday caused inconveniences for many Jefferson County residents, but luckily, no major damage.
According to Jefferson County Director of Emergency Management Warren Robinson, after Thursday night’s round of storms, one tree fell onto a roadway, and several roads remained closed due to earlier flooding.
In terms of that earlier flooding, just off Highway M in Barnhart, a bridge leading to several homes on Chasteen Lane was partially washed away by floodwater. Now, residents can only walk across the bridge, until it’s fixed.
Just east of that damage, flooding on Dry Creek Road sent bicycles, a lawn mower, and other outdoor toys floating down the road. FOX 2 caught up with a family trying to salvage all of that, after the floodwater receded.
Barnhart resident Brenda James explains, “They were all floating down, they took off. We looked out the window and it was like oh no, because we pulled them all up on the hillside, and then looked out the window, and there they go.”
Even further east on Highway M, just past Interstate 55, an overflowing creek closed the road down, right in front of Holtie’s restaurant.
The owner, David Holt, was out surveying the situation. “The fire marshal actually came down and told us we probably need to get down here; they’re pretty good about warning us ahead of time,” he says, “Just hoping it doesn’t get inside, and that it finishes tonight. It goes down fast, it comes up and goes down.”
According to a Missouri Water Patrol official, Thursday’s flash flooding was especially bad because of the recent drought. He adds that it’s important to stay away from floodwater, even if it’s shallow, because the debris, and logs just under the surface, can cause drowning, and make for dangerous rescues.
VALLEY PARK, MO (KTVI)– It’s been like a monsoon in parts of the St. Louis area creating problems for drivers and MoDOT crews.
The ground is so saturated it can’t hold any more water.
MoDOT crews were trying to get ahead of any problems.
Around three Thursday afternoon, a third wave of storms moved right up Interstate 44. They packed more rain.
MoDOT crews were trying to get ahead of any problems. They arrived on the scene and checked out drains and ditches making sure things were clear. A spot at Interstate 44 and Highway 141 has long been known for flooding during heavy rains. Workers brought along pumps ready to deal with any rising waters. They wanted to keep all lanes open for rush hour.
Early, a late morning batch of storms moved through. Ferguson Road in Bridgeton went under. Crews had to block it off to make sure drivers didn’t dare go down it.
Water flowed off of parking lots into drainage ditches which turned into roaring creeks and creeks into rivers.
Farmers have been in need of moisture.
Tom Goeke farms summer vegetables. He said in recent weeks when the winds blew across the acreage it kicked up swirls of dirt, “It’s good because we’re way behind in rainfall. Everybody in the whole area is, so it’s great that we have this rain. The time is okay right now.”
Goeke said if the rain continues, it may delay the farmers’ chances of planting crops when they want to. He has tomato plants ready to go, and too much rain can damage crops.