Flood Review

9 years 4 months 3 days ago May 24, 2007 May 24, 2007 Thursday, May 24 2007 Thursday, May 24, 2007 2:22:22 PM CDT in News

More than 600 homes and businesses across Missouri suffered damage from the waters, however there is no estimate on the cost of the damage yet.

Teams will begin assessing damage to public buildings and infrastructures like railroads and bridges tomorrow.

Officials are asking farmers to report flooded land and crop losses to their county farm services agents.

The Jefferson City council met Monday to learn from the recent floods and discuss how it plans to face them in the future.

When the river rose this month, Jefferson City officials came up with an emergency plan to protect the downtown area from flooding.

The mayor wanted the city council to hear how Jefferson City was prepared for the worst.

"We always try to keep the council and the public updated on things that we've done," said city attorney Nathan Nicklaus. "Especially when you've done something that maybe didn't work, which is this kind of plan, I think its important for people to see us pursuing those kinds of things."

The main part of the current plan was to create an emergency levee by Wears Creek, the most threatened area of the city during flooding.

The flooding occurred when the Wears Creek, which dumps into the Missouri River, overflowed its banks.

While officials say the plans for the recent floods weren't the best option, this experience helps prepare better for the future.

"We have a lot of data that we can draw on to come up with some solutions for these areas," said community development director Pat Sullivan.

Solutions that will help keep flooding away from businesses, and do what it can for the environment before and after the high waters visit next time.

The mayor wants the final flood protection plans completed by next spring.

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