Storms hit Tri-States hard
Tue, 22 Jun 2010 21:56:49 GMT —
Tuesday's morning storm (6/22) didn't last very long, maybe about an hour, but the Tri-States sure felt the wrath of it.
KHQA's Jarod Wells traveled around the Tri-States during and after the storm to see the effects of that storm, here's what he found.
All along LaGrange's riverfront, parking lots, yards and sides of roads were flooding as the rain continued to pour down.
The campground at Mississippi Park in Canton, Missouri was completely underwater and the river was inching closer to near by roads, some of which already were blocked off. Jarod was told by an area resident that the water levels we saw at 10:00 a.m. rose that high over night. The city will be putting in their flood gate on the north part of town on Route B, KHQA was told the city is expecting a 19.9 crest on Thursday.
All along highway 136 from Wayland to Alexandria flooded fields is not an uncommon site. Which is just more bad news for Tri-State farmers.
Jarod spoke with Bob Dodds, Extension Education Director from Iowa State University. He says many farmers are done planting and are now turning their attention to spraying for weeds. But they will need two or three dry days before they can do that.
Highway 136 and 61 in rural Alexandria was closed because water had run over it. Water was so deep along the sides nearby residents were actually able to go fishing. The road was blocked off several miles in each direction. It seems these recent storms had bad timing for the city. The town's pumps had to be taken out recently because of mechanical problems.
Thanks to the recent storms, ditches are full, water is running across roads and some residents are having trouble with seep water in their homes and yards.
Mayor Bob Davis told KHQA Tuesday afternoon that crews could start putting in new, larger pumps as early as Wednesday, which should get rid of the water fairly quickly.
Possibly the worst of the area was Hamilton, Illinois.
Shortly before one o'clock on Tuesday afternoon crews were working to fill back in the section of North 19th that had washed out from the storm.
A gas line and water line were exposed as the road dropped nearly 15 feet from what we were told by a nearby resident. The water line had to be replaced because it was pinched by falling debris. Water was still running through the storm sewer several hours after the storm had passed.