North Jefferson City ordered to evacuate for flood risk

6 months 2 weeks 6 days ago Wednesday, May 22 2019 May 22, 2019 Wednesday, May 22, 2019 12:10:00 PM CDT May 22, 2019 in News
By: Hannah Howard, KOMU 8 Reporter, Annie Ochitwa, KOMU 8 Reporter, Lindsey Wilkerson and Sydney Moran, KOMU 8 Digital Producers
loading

JEFFERSON CITY - North Jefferson City has been ordered to evacuate by 5 p.m. due to flooding.

An emergency meeting was called by Jefferson City officials to talk about what other measures will be taken in response to the Missouri River flooding.

The below map shows the affected area.

With the Memorial Day weekend approaching, the Missouri Department of Transportation sent out a news release urging travelers to plan their routes ahead of time and to pay attention to all road closure signs.

Jefferson City is already starting to close roads.

"As we continue evaluating the  circumstances of the projected flooding, officers are currently in North Jefferson City at the Noren Access closing the roadway. Officers will also be closing access to the Missouri River Pedestrian Bridge on both sides of the river," said spokesperson David Williams.

Williams said the city wants people travelling will stay off of flood roads and the motto "turn around, don't drown."

"People underestimate the force and power of water," he said.

MoDOT agrees.

"Floodwaters can be deeper than they appear and can hide such hazards as sharp objects, electrical wires, sewage and chemicals," its press release said.

Motorists can stay informed about Missouri road conditions by using MoDOT’s Traveler Information Map.

Jefferson City released projections of how much the river will flood.

The public should monitor the city website for the latest updates on flooding in Jefferson City, Williams said.

"We're out filling in the low spots in the levee, trying to get everything up to the 30 foot level. We've had our storm/flood action plan in place since yesterday when we knew this was coming," Danny Pointer with the Jefferson City Public Works Department said. 

While the department says the Capital levee is the main concern going into the weekend, they are working to make sure all of the barriers are as strong as possible.

"Everything on the main levee is basically at the 30 foot level. We have a few places where it's low, where what they call Turkey Creek crosses, we have been filling in the low places to try to make sure the levee can hold everything it can hold," Pointer said. 

The levees are not the only concern when it comes to severe weather. The Salvation Army Center of Hope Shelter is also preparing to do what it can to take people in.

"We really feel that no one should be outside during dangerous conditions. I know I like going to my home with air conditioning and heat, and we want to make sure everyone has somewhere safe they can go during the summer and winter especially," Christopher White, Salvation Army Lieutenant, said. 

White said the shelter took people in during Wednesday's severe storm as well, and will be prepared all weekend.

"Our shelter is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We have the ability to open up at a split second. If we see severe weather coming, we can simply say we are admitting people with our cot program. We are here, we have the staff, we have the facilities," White said.

George Carter, one resident in the evacuation area, said he hopes the flooding is not as bad as predicted.

"It's devastating, you know, your home and everything. It'll be alright, just depends on how much the water is. We'll fix it back up."

 

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - Firefighters, police, bikers, and more came out to help the Food Bank raise funds to help those fighting... More >>
38 minutes ago Wednesday, December 11 2019 Dec 11, 2019 Wednesday, December 11, 2019 8:14:00 PM CST December 11, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A new bill pre-filed by State Sen. Caleb Rowden, R-Columbia could give law enforcement a leg up... More >>
2 hours ago Wednesday, December 11 2019 Dec 11, 2019 Wednesday, December 11, 2019 6:49:00 PM CST December 11, 2019 in News
VANDALIA, Mo. - The Aspire Mo program graduated 10 new students at The Women's Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center... More >>
2 hours ago Wednesday, December 11 2019 Dec 11, 2019 Wednesday, December 11, 2019 6:17:00 PM CST December 11, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Thousands of dollars were missing after an audit of Glasgow, Mo., released last year. Kevin... More >>
2 hours ago Wednesday, December 11 2019 Dec 11, 2019 Wednesday, December 11, 2019 6:16:00 PM CST December 11, 2019 in News
FLORISSANT, Mo. — Alex Sims is just like any other kid around Christmas. He's hoping for some cards and maybe... More >>
2 hours ago Wednesday, December 11 2019 Dec 11, 2019 Wednesday, December 11, 2019 5:57:00 PM CST December 11, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The Substance Abuse Advisory Commission decided on Wednesday that it could not endorse the ban of all flavored... More >>
6 hours ago Wednesday, December 11 2019 Dec 11, 2019 Wednesday, December 11, 2019 2:21:00 PM CST December 11, 2019 in News
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said at a news conference with other officials Wednesday... More >>
6 hours ago Wednesday, December 11 2019 Dec 11, 2019 Wednesday, December 11, 2019 2:11:00 PM CST December 11, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The bronze statue that has sat atop the Capitol for nearly 95 years is causing controversy. ... More >>
6 hours ago Wednesday, December 11 2019 Dec 11, 2019 Wednesday, December 11, 2019 2:01:00 PM CST December 11, 2019 in News
COOPER COUNTY - The banks of the Lamine River look different Wednesday. During previous days of the search for... More >>
7 hours ago Wednesday, December 11 2019 Dec 11, 2019 Wednesday, December 11, 2019 12:53:00 PM CST December 11, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Pulaski County Deputies are looking for Austin Tabor after receiving several calls about stolen vehicles Sunday. At... More >>
8 hours ago Wednesday, December 11 2019 Dec 11, 2019 Wednesday, December 11, 2019 12:38:00 PM CST December 11, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA — Father Tolton Catholic High School announced its search for new leadership Wednesday, more than a month after the... More >>
8 hours ago Wednesday, December 11 2019 Dec 11, 2019 Wednesday, December 11, 2019 12:08:00 PM CST December 11, 2019 in News
MARCELINE - Tucked into a small part of Linn County sits Marceline, Mo. and the Walt Disney Hometown Museum. ... More >>
9 hours ago Wednesday, December 11 2019 Dec 11, 2019 Wednesday, December 11, 2019 11:00:00 AM CST December 11, 2019 in News
LAKE OF THE OZARKS - Divers with the Missouri State Highway Patrol recovered a victim's body at 1:10 p.m. in... More >>
10 hours ago Wednesday, December 11 2019 Dec 11, 2019 Wednesday, December 11, 2019 10:08:00 AM CST December 11, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - On Wednesday, the Boone County League of Women Voters is celebrating 100 years since its founding. The... More >>
17 hours ago Wednesday, December 11 2019 Dec 11, 2019 Wednesday, December 11, 2019 3:45:00 AM CST December 11, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle will come together for a press conference over Missouri's HIV-specific... More >>
17 hours ago Wednesday, December 11 2019 Dec 11, 2019 Wednesday, December 11, 2019 3:40:00 AM CST December 11, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The Hughes' family puts together their Christmas jigsaw puzzle in their front yard around Thanksgiving every year. It's... More >>
22 hours ago Tuesday, December 10 2019 Dec 10, 2019 Tuesday, December 10, 2019 10:39:00 PM CST December 10, 2019 in Continuous News
COLUMBIA - The Supreme Court of Missouri unanimously upheld a death sentence ruling Tuesday against a Jefferson City man who... More >>
23 hours ago Tuesday, December 10 2019 Dec 10, 2019 Tuesday, December 10, 2019 9:36:00 PM CST December 10, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The Missouri Court of Appeals ruled in favor of awarding $5.3 million to Ryan Ferguson. The court... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, December 10 2019 Dec 10, 2019 Tuesday, December 10, 2019 8:30:00 PM CST December 10, 2019 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 37°
9pm 36°
10pm 34°
11pm 33°
12am 32°