Jefferson City Business Owners Want Answers from Flood Damage

5 years 3 months 2 weeks ago Friday, June 07 2013 Jun 7, 2013 Friday, June 07, 2013 3:10:00 PM CDT June 07, 2013 in News
By: Christine Roto
loading

JEFFERSON CITY - Two business owners in Jefferson City said Thursday they are considering legal action against the city and the levee district over property damage from recent flooding. 

Turkey Creek Golf Course owner Danny Baumgartner and small business owner Tyler Woods said their land on the north side of Highway 63 is heavily damaged and possibly unusable because of flooding. 

The pair said the city is responsible for the damage because it put up dams to fill in gaps in the levees that surround their area. The dams, they said, caused water to fill up on their side of the highway, flooding their land. The men said if they would have had notification the dams were to be put up, they would have had time to move all their equipment and be prepared for the storm. 

But Jefferson City Administrator Nathan Nickolaus said the city is not to blame.

"All we do is provide assistance. We don't make decisions about how the levee is maintained, we don't make decisions about when the levee is stopped, and we don't make decisions about how the particular flood is going to be stopped. We provide assistance to the levee district," Nickolaus said.  

Baumgartner said when he has contacted either the levee district or the city, both have said the other entity makes the decision. Baumgartner said all he wants is answers to his questions. 

"We know we live on a flood plain. We have emergency plans, but when the plan is changed, we need to know," he said. 

Tyler Woods said his small business was inoperable for more than a week, and if he would have had proper notification that the dam was to be built, he could have moved his trucks and working equipment. 

The south side of Highway 63 received little to no damage, yet it is at a lower elevation than the north side. Baumgartner said he thinks if the dam had not been put in, then the flooding would have dispersed equally over more land, rather than turning his land into a "lake."

Neither Baumgartner nor Woods has filed any legal action, but they both said they have been in contact with attorneys. 

Nickolaus said if either of the parties decides to take legal action against the city, it will not hold up because each should have been prepared for flooding. 

More News

Grid
List
FESTUS, Mo. (AP) — A man and his adult son were killed when their small plane crashed... More >>
1 hour ago Saturday, September 22 2018 Sep 22, 2018 Saturday, September 22, 2018 8:20:58 AM CDT September 22, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri will partner with two local groups to host a Chinese Moon Festival Saturday night... More >>
1 hour ago Saturday, September 22 2018 Sep 22, 2018 Saturday, September 22, 2018 8:02:12 AM CDT September 22, 2018 in News
SPRINGFIELD — President Trump held a campaign-style rally in Springfield Friday. Trump spoke in front of an at-capacity crowd... More >>
11 hours ago Friday, September 21 2018 Sep 21, 2018 Friday, September 21, 2018 10:15:00 PM CDT September 21, 2018 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A 46-year-old woman who set a fire that resulted in the deaths of two Kansas City... More >>
15 hours ago Friday, September 21 2018 Sep 21, 2018 Friday, September 21, 2018 6:22:51 PM CDT September 21, 2018 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Emissions near a troubled St. Louis County landfill once posed health concerns for workers and nearby... More >>
16 hours ago Friday, September 21 2018 Sep 21, 2018 Friday, September 21, 2018 5:02:52 PM CDT September 21, 2018 in News
JOPLIN (AP) — Missouri Southern State University has abandoned plans for a dental school that would've operated in partnership with... More >>
16 hours ago Friday, September 21 2018 Sep 21, 2018 Friday, September 21, 2018 4:51:59 PM CDT September 21, 2018 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Some St. Louis police officers are still struggling with injuries more than a year after protesters... More >>
16 hours ago Friday, September 21 2018 Sep 21, 2018 Friday, September 21, 2018 4:44:27 PM CDT September 21, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia police said a fifth arrest has been made in connection with an alleged homicide on Sylvan Lane... More >>
17 hours ago Friday, September 21 2018 Sep 21, 2018 Friday, September 21, 2018 3:50:00 PM CDT September 21, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Police arrested a man early Friday after reportedly finding him outside an apartment complex, looking into a... More >>
18 hours ago Friday, September 21 2018 Sep 21, 2018 Friday, September 21, 2018 3:27:00 PM CDT September 21, 2018 in News
KANSAS CITY - The Missouri Western District Court of Appeals ruled Friday to allow the Clean Missouri Initiative to stay... More >>
18 hours ago Friday, September 21 2018 Sep 21, 2018 Friday, September 21, 2018 2:53:00 PM CDT September 21, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA – MU is one of only two Southeastern Conference universities to experience double-digit growth in new freshmen, while several... More >>
20 hours ago Friday, September 21 2018 Sep 21, 2018 Friday, September 21, 2018 1:12:00 PM CDT September 21, 2018 in News
SPRINGFIELD - President Donald Trump is set to campaign at the JQH Arena for U.S. Senate candidate Josh Hawley,... More >>
20 hours ago Friday, September 21 2018 Sep 21, 2018 Friday, September 21, 2018 12:43:00 PM CDT September 21, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri Board of Curators announced a resolution Friday supporting the University of Missouri-Columbia's efforts to... More >>
22 hours ago Friday, September 21 2018 Sep 21, 2018 Friday, September 21, 2018 11:23:00 AM CDT September 21, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - 82,000 Americans are still missing as the result of our country's biggest wars. POW/MIA Recognition Day is... More >>
22 hours ago Friday, September 21 2018 Sep 21, 2018 Friday, September 21, 2018 10:59:00 AM CDT September 21, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Planned Parenthood clinic will stop abortion services after Oct. 1 following a court ruling allowing the... More >>
23 hours ago Friday, September 21 2018 Sep 21, 2018 Friday, September 21, 2018 10:20:00 AM CDT September 21, 2018 in News
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump challenged the woman accusing his Supreme Court nominee of sexual assault by name Friday,... More >>
1 day ago Friday, September 21 2018 Sep 21, 2018 Friday, September 21, 2018 9:31:00 AM CDT September 21, 2018 in News
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The daughter of an 84-year-old woman with dementia alleges in a lawsuit that... More >>
1 day ago Friday, September 21 2018 Sep 21, 2018 Friday, September 21, 2018 8:45:00 AM CDT September 21, 2018 in News
VIENNA - 27 year-old Anthony Macclugage has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child, felony Domestic Assault and... More >>
1 day ago Friday, September 21 2018 Sep 21, 2018 Friday, September 21, 2018 6:22:00 AM CDT September 21, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 53°
10am 60°
11am 64°
12pm 68°
1pm 70°