JEFFERSON COUNTY, MO (KPLR) - Swollen creeks and rivers in northern Jefferson County have emergency management staffs on alert for flash flooding. Heavy rains from Tropical Storm Bill could dump enough precipitation to swamp low spots along the Meramec and Big Rivers as well as creeks like Romaine and Joachim.
Some of the high water is backing up from the Mississippi and bringing with it tree limbs and logs. Boat access points along the Joachim Creek in Herculaneum are already closed.
Once the water floods roads, drivers are urged to turn back and find another route.
“Just a few inches of swiftly flowing water can float a full size vehicle,” warns Jefferson County’s Emergency Management Director Warren Robinson. “It really can be a dangerous force and you need to be respectful of that when you are out there on the highways.”
Robinson and municipal emergency staff have equipment like pumps and sand bags ready if residents need them. They’ve also been in touch with state EMS officials who could bring in more flood fighting equipment. “I think we’ll be able to handle it locally,” he said.
For recorded alerts to natural or man-made disasters in Jefferson County, residents and property owners are urged to sign up for the 9-1-1 Dispatch center’s Code Red.