The Columbia/Boone County’s Office of Emergency Management is urging those out celebrating Memorial Day today to use caution, especially when driving, after recent rains have flooded some area roads.
Residents are advised to pay attention to flash flood warnings that have been issued for the area, and to – “turn around, don’t drown” rather than attempting to drive through flooded areas.
A thunderstorm producing hail and capable of tornadoes hit the Mid-Missouri area on Wednesday evening. While Columbia experienced minimal power outages, citizens of Monroe, Missouri had no power Thursday morning.
The first phase of restoration work has been completed on a Mississippi River levee that was intentionally breached in 2011 during record flooding.
Flood protection projects are progressing on both sides of the Mississippi River in southeast Missouri and southern Illinois.