Rainfall Could Lead to More Boone County Road Closures
BOONE COUNTY - The Boone County Public Works Department told KOMU 8 News Thursday afternoon it may have to close off portions of low lying, rural roads over the next 24-48 hours if additional rainfall covers roadways with water.
The county closed more than a dozen roads Thursday morning. KOMU 8 News found some of the roads were passable in the afternoon, but with more rain expected overnight, the public works department said it is taking a "wait and see" approach to determine if it needs to close roads overnight Thursday or Friday.
Boone County Public Works Department Supervisor Bryan Joyce said floods present a challenge for his crews because they have to try and clear large pieces of debris out of storm drains and other structures in an attempt to get the water off of roadways.
"Anytime we get a call in to say a structure is plugged or one of our other entities calls us and tells us that something is going on with one of our roads, we try to get to it immediately," Joyce said. "[We try to] get that debris cleaned out of there so the water will flow but that's not to say it won't plug again."
Boone County resident Elaine George lives on a farm near a creek just outside of Hallsville and said the frequent floods this time of year are not usually a disruption.
"It goes away about as fast as it comes," George said. "So as long as it doesn't rain for a long period of time, there won't be any problem with people getting through. You just have to be careful if you do decide to go through."
Watersheds in mid-Missouri all eventually lead to the Missouri River. Joyce said all of the Boone County road closings were in higher elevations in the northern part of the county Thursday. Joyce said the public works department may have to close some of the rural roads south of Columbia Friday as the high waters flow downstream.