Early Rain Left More Than Roads Flooded

8 years 10 months 4 days ago Wednesday, July 21 2010 Jul 21, 2010 Wednesday, July 21, 2010 6:46:18 AM CDT July 21, 2010 in News

In her 25 years as a preschool owner, today was a first for Alice Pipkin.

“We’ve never had it like this.  The storm drains have plugged up and filled up the street, but never ever in our building,” Pipkin said.

A teacher who was already at the school told Pipkin the building was flooded.  Pipkin said while she was trying to enter the building, she told a police officer near by that there were children and teachers still in the building.  The officer got a boat crew to evacuate the nine children and six teachers.

Even though everyone is safe, Pipkin still wants answers.

“They tell me the dam didn’t break.  They tell me the levy didn’t break.  Well, what happened? It would be nice to know,” Pipkin said.

She was told that the water from Bear Creek overflowed, flooded the street and went down the hill into the building.  

After most of the water was removed, puddles and mud were left.  Volunteers were helping to move toys and furniture out of the way so the floors could be cleaned. 

In a back office, Pipkin, barefoot and stressed, had teachers call parents notifying them about the temporary move to a nearby church until the school could reopen.

Residents west of Hannibal in Monroe City also felt the impact of the heavy rain.  

“I can’t remember a rain like this for many, many years.  I haven’t seen the creek run out, the water that high--running out of the creek that bad in many, many years,” Director of Public Works Kevin O’Bryan said.

Road crews in Monroe City blocked flooded roads at about 8 a.m.  As the day went on, the water subsided and roads cleared up.

Officials say the homes and businesses around Bear Creek Corridor in Hannibal got hit the hardest.  Although no car accidents were reported, crews responded to about 30 calls from people stranded.

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