Courtesy of Missouri Governor’s Office
At least two levees breached in Atchison County Sunday morning.
Atchison County Emergency Management Coordinator Rhonda Wiley says a 40-foot full breach was located 2 miles north of U.S. Highway 136. Another 20-foot breach was reported a quarter-mile south of the Watson boat dock. Wiley says a big concern is the rapid rate at which the water is moving.
“Prior to the breach, we had had overtoppage,” said Wiley, “which is kind of a slower flow of water. The main channel was really fast up the rivers. On the outer side of the levees, it wasn’t as fast as it was in 2011. But, out on the outer side of the levees, it wasn’t as fast as what we were looking at in 2011. But, out on the outer side of the levees, it wasn’t as fast as what we were looking at in 2011. But now that we’ve had the breaches, the water is starting to move faster, and the faster these breaches become, the faster that the water is going to move–which is a big concern for personal safety for people that want to look around the water’s edge, and look at the damage.”
In fact, Wiley says incorrect detours are a problem around the county’s dangerous areas.
“Part of the problem is from people who are not from this area, that are rerouting through our area,” she said, “even though they have had to pass barricades, and pass detour signs. They just keep coming out to where they’re trying to find a way around to get to Nebraska, to get to Omaha. They’re even going down to the bottoms on 111, where there’s water over the road, and asking for directions, saying ‘we’re trying to get over to the 75 Highway.’ Well, if you were over the 75 Highway, you couldn’t go north that way, either, because of the floods.”
Fortunately, Wiley says most residents west of Interstate 29 have cooperated with evacuation orders.
“We do have two people were still staying in Watson,” said Wiley. “I’m hoping that they move out today. If something should happen there, then we at least know where their homes are. For the most part, I believe everyone was out. They’ve done a really fantastic job of getting themselves out. Some started a few days prior to the flood actually happening, That was the big thing–because the earlier start, the quicker you can get everything out.”
Wiley reminds residents to stay off the river bottoms, as well as away from the flooded areas.
The Missouri Department of Transportation has closed Interstate 29 at Rock Port (MM 110) at the Missouri/Iowa border due to flooding in Iowa.
Anyone wanting to use I-29 northbound should use I-35 and then I-80 into Iowa. For more information visit: https://www.modot.org/2019-northwest-missouri-flooding
Here are some important safety reminders:
- Don’t drive through any flooded areas. A few extra minutes for a detour could lead to a life saved.
- MoDOT reminds motorists it only takes six inches of water (or less!) to lose control of your vehicle and possibly be swept into rising floodwaters.
- Any time there is water over the roadway, there may be unseen damage to the road surface below.
- Stay alert and do not drive through water over a roadway or around construction barricades. MoDOT encourages all motorists to Turn Around! Don’t Drown!
Full closures of I-29 are in place at
US 136 at Rock Port, Mo. (Exit 110); and
Iowa 92 South of Council Bluffs, Iowa (Exit 48)
Those who would normally use I-29 as a through route should instead use
I-35 N from Kansas City to
I-80 West in Des Moines to
I-29 near the Council Bluffs/Omaha metro area
and vice-versa until further notice.
Travelers already on I-29 North
Drivers who are currently heading north on I-29 should use US 71 North north of St. Joseph to I-35 if possible.
Those north of the US 71 junction can continue to Rock Port and take US 136 East to US 71 North to I-35. DO NOT take US 275 North. Flooding in Hamburg, Iowa will block your progress.
Nitrate poisoning has killed more than 200 head of cattle in Missouri in about the last 30 days. University of Missouri Extension beef nutritionist Eric Bailey tells Brownfield Ag News the problem has become worse because of the extended winter.
“Our hay feeding season is getting essentially stretched out a little longer and we’re down to sort of some of our more marginal feed stuff that we’re feeding out to our stock,” he says.
Bailey says weather extremes have contributed to toxic levels of nitrate in grass hay. He recommends testing hay for nitrates and limiting access if levels are high and adding some starch to the diet with corn.
“We’re trying to basically make the bugs in the room and use up that nitrate before it can ever be absorbed out of the room and go into the blood and cause the toxicity issues,” Bailey says.
He says bad calving weather and short feed supplies are also causing livestock health issues.
By Tom Steever of Brownfield Ag News
UPDATE: The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) says westbound I-70 at Concordia has re-opened, after being closed for more than five hours.
BRIAN’S ORIGINAL STORY IS BELOW:
The National Weather Service (NWS) in Springfield is warning travelers that Friday evening’s commute will be difficult across the Ozarks, because roads have deteriorated from snow and ice.
NWS meteorologist Mike Albano in Springfield says Branson, Monett, Neosho and West Plains are seeing ice. Some of those areas have seen almost two-tenths of an inch of ice already.
“For people traveling along and south of the U.S. 60 corridor, we’d suggest avoid any unnecessary travel,” Albano says. “Between a tenth and two-tenths of an inch of ice certainly has its problems that it could cause out there on the roadways,” Albano says.
Snow, sleet and freezing rain continue to fall across the Ozarks this afternoon, and the NWS is urging you to complete your travel as soon as possible.
“And this is a system that’s going to be around really through the evening commute, probably not pulling out of maybe the Branson, the Springfield metropolitan areas until maybe after 6 o’clock this evening,” Albano says.
The NWS says the Warsaw and Osage Beach areas could see up to three inches of snow, by Friday evening.
Numerous Missouri school districts either canceled classes today, or dismissed early. That meant some of school buses were taking children home during the snowstorm.
Meantime, the NWS in western Missouri’s Pleasant Hill, near Kansas City, says multi-vehicle crashes have caused closures on numerous highways and interstates in the Kansas City region, across the metro and beyond.
Here are some other big stories from today’s winter storm, across the state:
** Missouri state troopers in Lee’s Summit say one person has been killed in a 15-vehicle crash today on westbound I-70, near Oak Grove. Westbound I-70 at western Missouri’s Oak Grove remains closed because of the crashes.
** Snow-covered westbound I-70 in west-central Missouri’s Concordia remains closed. The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) tells Missourinet at least six or seven tractor trailers crashed there, and one of them “tore open”, spilling items onto the highway.
** Snow-covered westbound Highway 54 near the Cole-Miller County line south of Jefferson City saw a pileup involving numerous vehicles today. One listener tells us about 40 vehicles were involved, while another listener says it involved hundreds of cars.
UPDATE ON FRIDAY AFTERNOON: The National Weather Service in Springfield says its survey teams have found that the damage from yesterday’s overnight storms in southwest Missouri’s Aurora and Monett were caused by straight-line winds, not tornadoes. NWS meteorologist Megan Terry tells Missourinet the storms caused barn and roof damage. The NWS in Springfield issued at least 11 tornado warnings during the storms.
ORIGINAL STORY FROM FEBRUARY 7, 2019 IS BELOW:
The National Weather Service (NWS) in Springfield has survey teams in southwest Missouri’s Aurora and Monett Thursday afternoon, investigating possible overnight tornadoes. The NWS in Springfield issued at least 11 tornado warnings last night, into the early-morning hours.
NWS meteorologist Megan Terry says there is barn and roof damage in the Aurora and Monett areas, which are southwest of Springfield.
“We had a line of strong to severe thunderstorms move across our area and sometimes we can get little spinups on those,” Terry says.
She says there are also downed trees and power lines in and near Springfield, from the storms.
The NWS in Springfield is also warning that “black ice” is possible Thursday afternoon and evening across the Ozarks. Ms. Terry says it will get cold tonight throughout southwest Missouri.
“We expect temperatures to fall into the single digits and teens tonight, so if there’s any residual water on roads it could freeze,” says Terry.
Black ice is difficult to see and is more common on bridges and overpasses.
The NWS also says the flood watch for Springfield, Branson and West Plains has expired. Terry tells Missourinet that much of the Ozarks has seen big two-day rainfall totals.
“Over in the eastern Ozarks around Montauk State Park (near Salem) 2.88 inches, near Houston, Texas County, about 2.7 inches,” Terry says.
She says there has been flooding in low lying areas, especially near creeks and streams.
Meantime, the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill has issued a wind chill advisory for far northern Missouri, until Friday morning at 9.
The wind chill advisory will impact the entire Highway 36 corridor and everything north, including St. Joseph, Chillicothe, Macon, Kirksville and Hannibal.
The NWS says wind chill values in those communities will be as cold as -20 degrees.
The ice storm warning issued by the NWS in Pleasant Hill has expired. The ice storm warning area included a large section of northern and western Missouri, including Chillicothe, Kansas City and Sedalia.
Missouri Governor Mike Parson (R) met with members of his emergency management team Wednesday night at the State Emergency Management Operations Center in Jefferson City. The governor is urging you to continue to pay close attention to your local forecast.
The National Fire Protection Association says space heaters are blamed for 80 percent of home heating-related fire deaths each year nationwide and they cause one-third of those fires.
During these dangerously cold temperatures especially, State Fire Marshal Tim Bean says Missourians should not use space heaters as a primary heating source.
“With the temperatures fixing to drop here in the forecasts, individuals may be prone to bring out a space heater and use it for a supplemental heat source,” he says. “In that capacity, it’s good. But, what happens is they extend it and use it in a capacity it’s not designed to do.”
Bean suggests finding community support services available that help to pay for heating costs. He also says staying with family, friends or at a shelter where there’s adequate heat is a good alternative to using a space heater.
Bean says keep your pets away from space heaters so they don’t accidently knock over the heating sources or sleep near them. He recommends leaving at least three feet of space between the heater and flammable items.
Bean says the heating source should not be left unattended. Power strips or extension cords should not be used with space heaters.
The cold weather is a good reminder to check your smoke detectors. If you do not have a working one, call your local fire department or the Missouri Fire Marshal’s office.
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The winter storm from Friday afternoon through Sunday left some of the largest snowfall amounts on record in central and eastern Missouri. Columbia received its third highest dumping of snow ever, 16.9 inches. The city was hit with 19.7 inches on January 20, 1995, and 18 inches on February 3, 2011.
Meteorologist Ben Herzog with the National Weather Service in St. Louis said members of the public observed some higher snowfall totals over the weekend than the official recording at the Columbia Airport. “The highest we had was 20.3 inches, and that was at the University of Missouri (in Columbia),” said Herzog. “There was another 20 inches in Montgomery City, 19 inches in Mexico, 17 in Fulton. Jefferson City had 15 inches.”
The University of Missouri flagship campus in Columbia, which was shut down Friday, continues to be closed Monday because of the storm. UM system offices are also closed, but all MU hospitals are open as is the Veterinary Health Center for emergencies. MU vice chancellor Gary Ward calls the weather event one of the worst storms the school has experienced.
KSSZ radio reports the highway patrol worked hundreds of crashes in mid-Missouri, but there were no reported deaths. More than nine thousand customers lost power in the city of Columbia alone at point. Many schools in mid-Missouri canceled classes Monday.
— NWS St. Louis (@NWSStLouis) January 14, 2019
St. Louis received national media attention for being the westernmost large city in the storm that formed over Missouri and moved eastward leaving double-digit snowfall totals in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and numerous Atlantic coast states. Total accumulation of snow in St. Louis from the weekend storm was 11.4 inches, well below the city’s high of 15.6 inches recorded on February 21, 1912.
The ongoing #winter storm in the Mid-Atlantic brought heavy #snow from Colorado to Delaware, with over 20 inches of snow recorded in Missouri. Find the latest storm summary from WPC here: https://t.co/2iFgBJVxfa pic.twitter.com/XEB6BvP8Gz
— NWS WPC (@NWSWPC) January 14, 2019
Road incidents Friday night on I-44 in southern St. Louis County led to gridlock as the eastbound backup was 6-8 hours. Herzog said some travelers spent the night on the highway. Lighter weekend traffic allowed Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) crews to catch up in plowing away most snow. The agency was also able to treat roadways.
Herzog said the state was fortunate that freezing drizzle and icing of roads predicted for Sunday never materialized. “The drizzle that formed that we were worried might freeze managed to not freeze as it hit the ground,” Herzog said. “It mainly froze on elevated surfaces or plants or things like that.”
He said recent warm weather approaching 70 degrees in eastern and central Missouri helped to keep the ground and roads from freezing. “That really helps keep that ground temperature pretty warm, and so going into events like this, that’s going to help melt a lot of the snow,” said Herzog. “It’s going to help mitigate some of the impacts on roads, things like that.”
A line from Clinton in the west extending eastward through Lake Of The Ozarks over to Farmington south of St. Louis was the southern cutoff point for heavy snow. Cities moving south from there received comparatively smaller snow totals. A foot of snow was recorded as far west as Sedalia.
Meteorologist Scott Blair with the National Weather Service in Kansas City said the snowfall total at Kansas City International Airport was only 4.6 inches although there were heavier pockets in the metro area. “There was a pretty good spread across the city,” said Blair. “Most of the city saw between 5-11 inches.” Kansas City’s heaviest snow total for a two-day event was 25 inches recorded in 1912.
KMBC-TV reports more than 50,000 customers remained without power in the Kansas City area last night because of branches and trees that fell during the weekend storm. Many Kansas City area schools canceled classes Monday.
Kirksville in northern Missouri received eight inches of snow, well short of its record of 13 inches in 1967.
Another winter storm is expected to drop snow in Missouri Friday night and Saturday.
The winter storm warning for much of central and eastern Missouri has expired. A light wintry mix of snow and freezing drizzle is likely today. Additional snow accumulations of around a half inch or less are expected along with a light glaze of ice, mainly on elevated surfaces such as overpasses.
The heaviest snowfall occurred in mid-Missouri where close to 16 inches fell Friday through early Sunday. Locally heavier snowfall reached 20 inches in some areas. Highway and arterial road conditions have improved. Early Sunday, I-70 was in fair condition while I-44 was in good condition. Power was being restored to several thousand customers in Columbia Sunday morning who lost electricity.
The winter storm in Missouri is leaving substantial snowfall across the state, and ice could accumulate by Sunday morning. Meteorologist Ben Herzog with the National Weather Service in St. Louis says the system will have an extensive reach. “We’re looking at a pretty wide swath of snow, the heaviest of which is going to run, more or less along I-70, where we could see probably 8-12 inches of snow right now,” said Herzog.
The winter storm warning has been extended because snow and freezing drizzle is expected to last about 6 hours longer than previously forecast. Up to a tenth of an inch of ice could build up across the area by midday Sunday
The National Weather Service says there’ll be additional snowfall in the storm warning area through Sunday morning. Up to six inches could fall in areas in and around Hannibal and Bowling Green in Northeast Missouri. Up to five inches are expected in Columbia and Jefferson City in the central portion of the state. An additional four inches could fall in St. Louis and Union in eastern Missouri, as well as one inch in Farmington and Centerville to the south.
Accumulations are expected to increase from west to east. A total of up to 12 inches could fall inside the large warning area. The storm was predicted to leave 1-2 inches of snow in southern Missouri and roughly six inches in the northwestern part of the states. 3-5 inches was expected in the Kansas City area.
Meteorologist Scott Blair with the National Weather Service in Kansas City says the level of snow will depend on where you are in the state. “Any travelers from Springfield to St. Louis would see a rapid increase in the expected snowfall amounts,” said Blair.
According to Blair, the snow system is starting in Missouri because a rain system from the southwest is meeting with cold air over the state. “That’s what’s going to give these high snowfall totals across a large portion of Missouri,” Blair said.
The cutoff for snowfall to the south is along the Missouri-Arkansas border.
The National Weather Service calls the current storm “memorable, but not record-breaking”. St. Louis experienced 10.8 inches of snow on January5th, 2014. The current storm would qualify as the biggest two-day snow event since 2014. The heaviest January single day snowfall in St. Louis was 11.2 inches on January 31, 1958. The biggest two-day snow event in St. Louis brought 15.6 inches in February of 1912.
The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) is urging drivers to be on the lookout for slippery roads during the current storm and afterward. The agency is also warning of possible traffic delays in the Kansas City area with the Chiefs divisional playoff game scheduled to start at 3:35 p.m. Saturday. MoDOT is also advising that many students will be returning to college campuses after the winter break, which means more vehicles on the road.
The University of Missouri flagship campus in Columbia closed because of the winter storm. The campus and UM system offices were shut down. The Student Health Center and all MU Health Care hospitals remain open.
Terminal 1 at St. Louis Lambert International re-opened at 9:30 a.m. Sunday after a two and a half hour evacuation caused by a roof fire. The fire was isolated on the western end of the roof in Terminal 1.
According to an airport statement, more than 130 firefighters responded to the incident from the St. Louis City Fire Department and other agencies assisting the City’s Airport’s fire division. The firefighters extinguished the smoldering fire, which appeared to be burning through plywood and roofing insulation under the top copper layer of the Terminal 1 roof. There were no injuries. There was no fire inside the building.
“There was a tremendous and quick response from the St. Louis Fire Department and our mutual-aid agencies to quickly isolate, contain and put out the fire to minimize the damage and determine the terminal was safe to re-open,” said STL Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge. “We know this was a difficult fire to attack. They were operating on a sloped, copper roof, with snow.”
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Passengers were relocated to the Terminal 1 Garage during the incident and there were only two temporary flight diversions during the incident.
With 20 inches of snowfall reported on the ground in some places, the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) is bringing in extra crews for Monday morning’s commute in many parts of the state.
MoDOT traffic communications specialist Joe Moore says many extra crew members will also be coming in overnight.
“Just to make sure that the early-morning commute is safer for all of the travelers here in Missouri,” Moore says.
MoDOT is also warning you to be careful Monday morning while driving, noting that roads could freeze overnight.
Moore says crews were able to “get ahead of the storm” on Friday.
“Working with our partners and getting the message out really helped us reduce the amount of travelers on the road, which then allowed us to get out there and keep it safe for those who needed to be out and about,” says Moore.
MoDOT used about 1,500 trucks and about 3,000 operators during the storm, primarily on Friday and Saturday.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol says it responded to at least four fatalities and more than 875 crashes during the blizzard, as of Saturday afternoon. State troopers say they responded to about 1,800 stranded motorists this weekend and about 4,000 calls for service.
The National Weather Service (NWS) in St. Louis says mid-Missouri saw the highest snowfall totals this weekend. East-central Missouri’s Montgomery City received more than 20 inches of snow, while Columbia received about 16 inches. Ashland and Fulton reported 17 inches, while Audrain County’s Mexico had more than 19 inches.
The St. Louis metropolitan region received about 11 inches of snowfall. While that’s less than Columbia and Montgomery City, MoDOT’s Moore says the timing of Friday’s snowstorm in St. Louis made it worse.
“That was the worst in St. Louis trying to work with the snow compacted with the rush hour traffic,” says Moore.
The NWS says the west St. Louis County suburb of Ballwin received about 12 inches of snow, while eastern Missouri’s Troy had 11 inches. Troy is located in Lincoln County, and many people who live there commute to St. Louis for work.
The blizzard has also forced the University of Missouri to close Columbia’s Mizzou campus and UM System offices again on Monday.
“This is one of the worst snowstorms we’ve experienced,” Mizzou vice chancellor Gary Ward says. All MU Health Care hospitals will remain open.
Click here to listen to the full interview between Missourinet’s Brian Hauswirth and MoDOT traffic communications specialist Joe Moore, which was recorded on January 13, 2019:
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