Pettis not affected by flooding

A small creek on Forest Park Avenue started to recede by mid-day Friday. Local officials reported as much as 5 inches of rain in Northern portions of Pettis County.

A swollen Flat Creek is pictured early Friday. The recent heavy rains caused minor flooding of area creeks and streams, but only one road closure was reported by the Pettis County Commission. Anderson Road is expected to be closed until Monday evening for repairs.

A section of Flat Creek experiences some flooding after a month of rain-filled days and nights of near constant rain. Earlier this month, Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency for the entire State of Missouri due to flooding.

While many counties across the state are experiencing severe flooding, Pettis County seems to have been spared from the worst of the storms.

Dave Clippert, director of Sedalia-Pettis County Emergency Management Agency, said members of the SkyWarn team were out Thursday night and early Friday morning, but said Pettis County turned out lucky.

“Spotters were out last night, they went out at 7 p.m. and again around 2:30 (a.m.). Luckily we did not have anything serious,” Clippert said. “These people go out at all times of day and night whenever we ask them to. We’re glad there wasn’t anything they had to report badly for us.”

Pettis County was in a Flash Flood Watch for much of Friday, but the warning expired at 1 p.m. Northern Pettis County is in an Areal Flood Warning until 1 a.m. Saturday. The warning also includes Cooper County and southern Saline County. According to a release from the Pettis County Sheriff’s Office, some locations that may experience flooding include Boonville, Marshall, Sweet Springs, Bunceton, Houstonia, La Monte, Otterville and Pilot Grove. The area of impact includes Interstate 70 between mile markers 63 and 114.

Clippert said so far he has not heard of any road closures in Pettis County due to flooding.

“We’re in two different flooding warnings.,” Clippert said early Friday afternoon. “There’s a Flash Flood Watch in Northern Pettis County, which could be very dangerous, as flash floods come with very little warning. And we’re in an Areal Flood Warning, which is widespread flooding, which we’ve never really had any problems with. I’m not overly concerned with that.”

Clippert also said that he thinks Pettis County is in “pretty good shape” and “pretty well in the clear now” for the weekend, as he doesn’t expect the area to see any severe weather over the next two days.While other cities throughout the state have experienced flooding or widespread power outages, Pettis County seems to be exempt. Clippert said he credits that to a few recent days of dry weather.

“We’ve been lucky enough that down here we’ve had a number of days to dry out,” he said. “Even though the ground is still saturated, we went three or four days without any rain which helped us out quite a bit. In the county there were a couple of tubes that run under the roads that washed out and they repaired those, but that was early into this, about a month ago when the heavy rain started. Some gravel has washed off the roads and we have not been able to get on those roads because they can’t handle the weight of the equipment, but that’s been about it for us.”

According to the release, if areal flooding does occur, drivers should not drive vehicles into areas where the water covers the roadway, as the water depth may be too great to allow the vehicle to cross safely.

Sedalia Democrat
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