Strong storms, flash floods close mid-Missouri roads
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 12:47:59 GMT —
Strong storms on Monday night dropped up to four inches of rain in parts of the state, leading to flash floods in mid-Missouri.
A number of roads were closed late Monday night in Boone County due to standing water, with flash flood warnings lasting until early in the morning.
Columbia Fire responded after lightning struck a building on Eastwood Drive Monday evening.
Fire crews arrived at 6:21 p.m. to find flames from the eaves and smoke from the peak of the roof.
All occupants were evacuated with no injuries reported.
Assistant Fire Marshal Tim Bach says the majority of damage was to the exterior peak on one side of the apartment building with minor damage to the attic. The damage is estimated at $5,000.
Co-Mo Electric crews reported 10 poles were broken in their service area, affecting 500 Co-Mo members.
Power lines fell on the railroad tracks in Tipton, leaving an Amtrak train stranded for more than two hours as crews worked to clear the line. That work was completed by 10 p.m.
Crews from Columbia and Boone County Fire Departments rescued one driver from high moving water on Old Mill Creek Road and Highway KK around 1 a.m.
The driver was found on top of their vehicle, in high moving water.
Crews arrived at 12:50 a.m. and entered the water with a rescue boat to remove the person.
The Columbia Fire Department reminds people not to try to drive through water that is over the roadway.