Flood Observers Photograph High Water in the Ozarks
KOMU 8 reporters and viewers were among those who shared photographs of the damage in the flooded areas of the Ozark region.
Flooding closed roads and forced some people out of their homes. A mandatory evacuation order expired in Waynesville at 5 p.m. Storms have dumped nearly a foot of rain this week.
Flooding closed several roads including Interstate 44 Wednesday and caused Gov. Jay Nixon to cancel an emergency response roundtable in Waynesville. Viewer Alex Hutchinson was on his way to the grocery store to stock up on supplies Tuesday evening when he took several pictures. He said the flooding is "overwhelming."
Hutchinson said the picture below shows the Roubidoux creek in Pulaski County. He said the tower usually sits on the dam of the creek and is several feet in the air. "This just shows the amount of water that was sitting just under the bridge of downtown Waynesville," he said:
Hutchinson said he hopes everyone is taking precautions as the rain continues. The picture below was taken at a park in downtown Waynesville:
Hutchinson said the picture below shows the area around Bench Automotive, which was flooded "halfway up the sides of the building."
Hutchinson said the storm Tuesday night was unsettling. "I kept waking up through the night to the lightning lighting up my whole room and the thunder shaking the house, while the whole time, rain was pouring down outside."
The picture below was taken at the bottom of a hill where Hutchinson's house sits, he said. It was taken Wednesday morning:
Hutchinson said he keeps checking to see if water levels have gone down. "I work in Rolla," he said, "so even if i was able to eventually pass through those roads, I-44 towards Rolla is closed."
KOMU 8 News reporter Matt Evans tweeted this photo of the bridge over Roubidoux Creek near downtown Waynesville:
Evans also took the picture below of a flooded Interstate 44 near Jerome. The Missouri Department of Transportation closed the highway in Phelps County Wednesday morning:
Viewer Rhonda Patterson in Miller County sent the photo below of this man who found that a boat was a good way to get around Wednesday.
Allison Miller tweeted this photo of high water at the Lake of the Ozarks. Ameren officials began letting water out of Bagnell Dam Wednesday into the Osage River to lower the lake level.