Pipes Underneath Highway 94 Trying to Relieve Flooding

6 years 8 months 1 week ago Thursday, June 06 2013 Jun 6, 2013 Thursday, June 06, 2013 2:02:00 PM CDT June 06, 2013 in News
By: Lucas Geisler
loading

CALLAWAY COUNTY - It's a summer lover's dream. Birds chirping unseen in the lush green trees. Ripples moving lazily over the surface of the water. The shining sun smiling upon the water for a brief moment, turning the water to gold and then hiding behind a cloud to make way for the cool breeze.

To find this waterfront, you need only drive around three "Road Closed" signs along Highway 94 East toward Mokane.

One of the positives of the Missouri River flooding is turning highways into waterfronts.

One of the negatives of the Missouri River flooding is turning highways into waterfronts.

The flooding led Highway 94 between Tebbets and Mokane to close Thursday. Mike Schupp, MoDOT area engineer for Callaway County, said only two pipes handle the overflowing water from the Missouri River along the highway--one of them four feet wide and the other two feet wide. He said the pipes were not blocked, but could only handle so much water at one time. Schupp also credited the flat plane the area sits upon, which prolongs flooding on the highway.

Many commuters using the highway face at least 15-minute detours around the closures using county roads, or longer by using other highways. Some drivers simply moved the orange barricades to brave the flooded highway, and even small cars had little trouble making it through the water. One driver, heading east to Hermann, said he wanted to avoid taking a longer route, and dragged the "Road Closed" sign out of the way.

"If they would put a couple more pipes under the road...the water would drain back out of here quicker," Tebbets resident George Hord said. "Right now, it ought to be lower than what it is, but it just can't drain out quick enough. It won't stop the flooding, but it will help it get out quicker."

Schupp said the pipes in place now can drain heavy rainfall, but can only do so much when the Missouri River begins to flood. The Missouri River reached 30.79 feet on Saturday, a height the National Weather Service considers "major flooding." Located just a mile from the Missouri River, the pipes underneath the closed section of Highway 94 could not maintain continuous drainage of the overflowing water.

Mokane is sandwiched between two road closures along Highway 94. Desra Hockemeyer, co-owner of Mokane Market, said it's a big inconvenience to those driving to Jefferson City or Hermann.

"Say if you live in Mokane, work in Jeff City, [you] have to go to Fulton and hit 54 and go to Jefferson City that way," Hockemeyer said.


But some Mokane residents said after the years of living in the area, the flooded highway poses no problem. Familiarity with the area leads to knowledge of which back roads to take around closures, if it means cutting through friends' pastures. Even Hockemeyer, a lifelong resident of Mokane, said residents fully expect flooding come each spring.

"You just sit and watch it come up and watch it go down. That's river life," she said.

 

 

 

More News

Grid
List
JEFFERSON CITY - Members of the National Federation of the Blind of Missouri will spend two days at the capitol,... More >>
14 hours ago Sunday, February 16 2020 Feb 16, 2020 Sunday, February 16, 2020 7:34:00 PM CST February 16, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA – Members of Rock Bridge High School’s Students Demand Action group hosted a forum Sunday where local leaders answered... More >>
15 hours ago Sunday, February 16 2020 Feb 16, 2020 Sunday, February 16, 2020 7:07:00 PM CST February 16, 2020 in News
LACEDE COUNTY- One teen died and three others suffered injuries in a single-car-accident Saturday afternoon. The driver of the... More >>
16 hours ago Sunday, February 16 2020 Feb 16, 2020 Sunday, February 16, 2020 5:48:00 PM CST February 16, 2020 in News
VIENNA- On Thursday, February 13, Task Force Officers, Vienna Police Department, and the Maries County Sheriff’s Office executed a search... More >>
17 hours ago Sunday, February 16 2020 Feb 16, 2020 Sunday, February 16, 2020 4:43:00 PM CST February 16, 2020 in News
ST. LOUIS COUNTY (AP) — Two teenagers have been arrested in connection with a fatal shooting last week, and authorities... More >>
18 hours ago Sunday, February 16 2020 Feb 16, 2020 Sunday, February 16, 2020 4:00:00 PM CST February 16, 2020 in News
HALLSVILLE- A house fire broke out off North Frink Road Sunday afternoon. Firefighters found a fire in the attic... More >>
20 hours ago Sunday, February 16 2020 Feb 16, 2020 Sunday, February 16, 2020 2:19:00 PM CST February 16, 2020 in News
CAMDEN COUNTY — Linn Creek, Missouri Police Chief Greg Berry was arrested Saturday afternoon by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.... More >>
22 hours ago Sunday, February 16 2020 Feb 16, 2020 Sunday, February 16, 2020 11:32:00 AM CST February 16, 2020 in Top Stories
COLUMBIA — Two women were seriously injured after head-on collision between a Prius and a semi-truck early Sunday morning, according... More >>
23 hours ago Sunday, February 16 2020 Feb 16, 2020 Sunday, February 16, 2020 10:41:00 AM CST February 16, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - A new route and a new bus shelter will be added at the intersection of Rice Road and... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, February 16 2020 Feb 16, 2020 Sunday, February 16, 2020 10:00:00 AM CST February 16, 2020 in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - Thousands of people and more than 300 gallons of chili filled the Expo Center Saturday for the 15th... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, February 15 2020 Feb 15, 2020 Saturday, February 15, 2020 7:50:00 PM CST February 15, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — Runners braved the cold weather Saturday morning for the R.A.M.S 5K. R.A.M.S is a nonprofit MU organization... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, February 15 2020 Feb 15, 2020 Saturday, February 15, 2020 6:44:00 PM CST February 15, 2020 in News
FESTUS (AP) — Police in eastern Missouri say a 73-year-old man has been shot to death, and his 42-year-old son... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, February 15 2020 Feb 15, 2020 Saturday, February 15, 2020 5:28:00 PM CST February 15, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - One of Missouri State Highway Patrol's vehicles was struck by a semitruck late Thursday night. MSHP shared... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, February 15 2020 Feb 15, 2020 Saturday, February 15, 2020 4:44:00 PM CST February 15, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Don Allard, who served as Columbia’s city manager for 12 years, died Wednesday in Arvada, Colorado, after a... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, February 15 2020 Feb 15, 2020 Saturday, February 15, 2020 4:10:00 PM CST February 15, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Four candidates are running for three open seats on the Columbia School Board. Although there are less... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, February 15 2020 Feb 15, 2020 Saturday, February 15, 2020 3:41:00 PM CST February 15, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Local nonprofit Building Community Bridges held its monthly community day Saturday afternoon. Saturday's event had a... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, February 15 2020 Feb 15, 2020 Saturday, February 15, 2020 3:00:00 PM CST February 15, 2020 in News
CAPE GIRARDEAU (AP) — A jury has awarded $265 million in punitive damages to a Missouri peach grower who sued... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, February 15 2020 Feb 15, 2020 Saturday, February 15, 2020 2:41:00 PM CST February 15, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA -The mid-Missouri Harley-Davidson hosted its monthly event today to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, February 15 2020 Feb 15, 2020 Saturday, February 15, 2020 2:36:00 PM CST February 15, 2020 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 44°
11am 48°
12pm 49°
1pm 51°
2pm 52°