Flooding still impacting parts of mid Missouri

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COLE COUNTY—Flooding from weekend storms has left many roads, bridges and residential areas closed in places like Osage City and Wardsville.

Volunteers with the Cole County Sheriff’s Department have been at Engineers Road in Osage City since Sunday morning. The road is the only point of access for some residents to get to their homes, and now they can only get to their home via boat.

Volunteers said they were keeping out any potential looters who try to get to the homes.

Volunteer Robbie Courtright said, “We’ll be here as long as the sheriff needs us.”

The Missouri Department of Transportation also had to patrol parts of Wardsville. Water covered an entire bridge on State Highway W, and strong winds kept knocking over signs signaling the road was closed due to water.

MODOT Crew Worker Leon Maasen said trying to drive through the water is never a good idea.

“You could hit the bridge and not even know it,” Maasen said.

According to MODOT’s Travel Advisory Map, there are still road closures all over the state.

The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for the Osage River until May 5.

As of May 1 at 1:00 p.m. the Missouri River had a recorded flow rate of 268,000 cubic feet per second.

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