Cole Co. Sheriff's Dept. works around flooded roads

1 year 2 months 3 weeks ago December 29, 2015 Dec 29, 2015 Tuesday, December 29 2015 Tuesday, December 29, 2015 8:17:00 PM CST in News
By: Ajah Polk, KOMU 8 Reporter

JEFFERSON CITY- With all the flooding and road closures around mid-Missouri Tuesday, resources could become a major issue for law enforcement when it comes to ensuring people are safe.

Lt. Gary Hill of the Cole County Sheriff's Department said they are working diligently to ensure no major accidents happen in their area. Hill said the amount of officers and signs from MODOT are crucial elements in preventing accidents

Hill said there was one incident where a driver drove into a waterway and the car was over turned due to flooding on Loesch Road. The driver was able to escape the accident, but the car was destroyed. Hill spoke to the driver who was safe.

Hill said resources in situations of major road closures and flooding are very concerning to him. The road he needed to take in order to get to the road where the accident occurred was closed.

"They said it was on Zion road and you take Zion to get to Loesch," Hill said. "I got on Zion Road and got to a low water crossing which in turn I couldn't pass, so I had to go all the way to Route C and go on the other end of Zion Road in order to get to where it was at."

If the road had not been closed, Hill said he could of made it to the scene 10 minutes faster.

The Cole County Sheriff's Department works with the Missouri Information Analysis Center and MODOT to keep updated with road closures. He said when signs are an issue, officers patrol areas constantly to prevent accidents.

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