(Posted 1:30 p.m. Monday)
Yesterday, Dec. 27, St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann issued a State of Emergency due to widespread river/creek/stream flooding, which impacted a vast majority of county roadways, residents, businesses, and holiday travelers. The declaration means this flooding event is serious and widespread. Ongoing weather conditions are creating hazards and potential hazard to citizens and property. As a result, local emergency response organizations are operating in enhanced mode to meet the needs of the situation and, most importantly, the citizens.
Since the State of Emergency was declared, a multi-agency operation has worked closely at the St. Charles County Police Division of Emergency Management to gather information and distribute resources to the community. The group’s main objective is to ensure the safety of county’s residents and those passing through. Rescue services have responded to several requests for assistance from area residents.
Although rain has begun to diminish in the region, County Executive Steve Ehlmann advises residents to stay home as conditions remain dangerous. If travel is necessary, he advises residents to visit the St. Charles County website at www.sccmo.org/1512/road-other-closures—flood for regularly updated road closures.
• Highway 67 South – from Clark Bridge to Highway 94 in West Alton
• Highway 94 North – at Harbor Point in West Alton
• Highway 94 South – in Defiance
• Highway B – at Kampville, between Seeburger and Hayford, between New Town Road and Highway 94
• Highway C North – in St. Peters
• Highway D – closed east of Highway DD
• Highway H – between Highway 94 and Portage des Sioux
• Highway N – between Weiss Road and Wheatfield Farms Drive
• Highway P – between Hyland Green and Highway M
• Interstate 70 East – between Highway 94/First Capitol Drive and Bryan Road
• Mette Road at the county line
• Salt River Road – between Highway 79 and Main Street in St. Peters
• Sioux Drive in Portage des Sioux
• Washeon Drive
• Wilson Road
CLOSED ST. CHARLES COUNTY PARKS
• Bangert Island Park
• Hideaway Harbor Park
• Indian Camp Creek Park
• Hawning Road in St. Charles
• Fox Hill Road in St. Charles
Following are useful tips to help residents remain safe around their home and in the community:
1. DO NOT TOUCH down power lines and electrical wires. Electrical current can travel through water. Immediately report downed lines to the utility company.
2. Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down, and 2 feet of water can sweep your vehicle away.
3. It is much harder to see possible flood dangers at night and in the dark. Be very cautious and look before you step.