Archives for May 2013

Flooding Forces LaPlata City Hall Move

Flooding has forced the LaPlata city Hall to move, following the collapse of a wall. Parts of the old brick wall in the back part of the building had crumbled away over the weekend. So city hall is moving to the old La Plata Pharmacy.Employees spent all day Wednesday moving into the former pharmacy a few doors down. The city is buying the pharmacy; it will be the home for City Hall. Officials plan to be open today and hope employees will be completely settled in by sometime next week.

Flash Flood Watch in Effect

SEVERAL ROUNDS OF THUNDERSTORMS WITH ADDITIONAL HEAVY RAINS ARE EXPECTED OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS. NORTHERN MISSOURI HAS ALREADY SEEN EXCESSIVE RAINFALL RECENTLY AND SOILS ARE VERY SATURATED. ADDITIONAL HEAVY RAINFALL WILL QUICKLY RUNOFF RESULTING IN FLASH FLOODING.

A FLASH FLOOD WATCH IS IN EFFECT THROUGH AT LEAST THIS EVENING…ADDITIONAL ROUNDS OF STORMS MAY PRODUCE ANOTHER 1 TO 3 INCHES OF RAIN EXACERBATING ALREADY SATURATED SOILS.

Road Closures as of Wednesday Afternoon

The following routes are closed in NE Missouri due to flooding. MoDOT reminds motorists it is dangerous to drive into water-covered roads. We will continue to monitor the following areas and update if conditions change.

Adair
Route E – 4 miles east of US 63 at Bear Creek

Clark
US 61 – at Alexandria approximately 2.4 miles east of US 136 near the Des Moines River Bridge
Route D – approx. 2 miles west of MO 81 at Wyaconda River

Knox
Route F – just east of Route A at Little Fabius River
Route K – just west of Colony at Middle Fabius River
MO 11 – west of MO 15 1.4 miles west of Baring at South Fabius River
MO 151 – south of MO 156 junction .4 mile at North River near Novelty

Lewis
Route B – closed Flood Gates Installed just north of Canton
Route E – 2.5 miles west of Williamstown at North Fabius River

Lincoln
Route N – east of MO 79 at Mississippi River

Macon
Route J – 3 miles west of US 63 at East Fork of Chariton River
Route PP – 3.5 miles east of US 63 at Middle Fork Salt River

Monroe
Route J – ½ mile south of MO 151 at Middle Fork Salt River at Duncans Bridge
Route C – between Route M and the Audrain County line at Long Branch Creek
MO 151 – south of Route K 1 mile at Flat Creek north of Madison

Pike
Route P – east of levee at the Mississippi River Access

Schuyler
Route A – 1 mile south of Downing at the North Fork Middle Fabius River

Scotland
Route C – west of MO 15 junction 3 miles at South Wyaconda River
Route T – almost 2 miles west of MO 15 near Bible Grove at North Fork Middle Fabius River
Route MM – just south of Memphis at North Fabius River

Shelby
Route N – north of Lentner and 3 miles south of Route K at North Fork Salt River
Route K – west of Shelbyville approx. 1.1 miles at Black Creek
MO 151 – north of Clarence near Route K at North Fork Salt River

Food/Farm Tour Set June 7

This year’s local food/farm tour will be held on Friday, June 7 beginning at 1 pm. The tour is free. It starts at the farm of Brent and Lucinda Coursey on Highway E outside LaPlata. At the Coursey farm you will see a fruit orchard, strawberries, asparagus, variety of vegetables, greenhouse, square foot gardening, raised beds, wood chip gardening, 6 breeds of chickens, Dorper hair sheep, Scottish Highland cattle, natural and organic practices used, sustainable practices (wind and solar power, wood heat) used.

The second stop will be Singing Prairie Farm. At Singing Prairie Farm you will see vegetables, sugar beets and turnips grown for grazing free range pigs, organic heirloom watermelon, heirloom field corn, grass fed beef, heritage turkeys, chickens and natural and sustainable practices used. The tour should conclude by 4:30.

Pre-registration is not required. Just plan to be there at 1 pm. For more information contact Jennifer Schutter at the Adair County Extension Center at 665-9866.

List of Roads Closed by Flooding as of 5pmTuesday

Counties with Routes Closed due to flooding:
Adair – MO 149 at Hog Creek 4 miles south of MO 6
Adair – Route E 4 miles east of US 63 at Bear Creek
Adair – MO 149 north of Novinger at Shuteye Creek
Adair – Route O north of Novinger 1 mile at Spring Creek
Adair – MO 11 approx. 5 miles east of Kirksville at Steer Creek
Knox – OPEN – MO 151 south of MO 156 near Novelty at North River
Knox – Route K just west of Colony at Middle Fabius River
Knox – OPEN – Route E south of Knox City 1 mile south of MO 6
Knox – MO 11 west of MO 15 1.4 miles west of Baring at South Fabius River
Knox – OPEN – Route V at Bridge Creek just north of Route AA north of Knox City
Lewis – Route B Flood Gates Installed just north of Canton
Lincoln – Route N east of MO 79 at Mississippi River
Macon – Route DD 3 miles east of US 63 at Middle Fork Salt River
Macon – Route J 3 miles west of US 63 at East Fork of Chariton River
Macon – Route PP 3.5 miles east of US 63 at Middle Fork Salt River
Monroe – Route A between Route WW and DD just ½ mile south of Lentner at Crooked Creek
Monroe – Route J ½ miles south of Route 151 at Middle Fork Salt River at Duncans Bridge
Montgomery – Route J from just west of MO 19 to Big Spring Quarry Road at Loutre River
Pike – Route P east of levee at the Mississippi River Access
Shelby – Route N north of Lentner and 3 miles south of Route K at North Fork Salt River
Shelby – Route W almost .75 mile south of Route J at Tiger Fork North River
Shelby – Route DD near Maud at Otter Creek
Shelby – OPEN – MO 151 north of Clarence 1 mile north of Route MM at Ten Mile Creek
Shelby – MO K west of Shelbyville approx. 1.1 miles at Black Creek
Shelby – MO 151 north of Clarence near Route K at North Fork Salt River

Senior Circle Event SetTomorrow

Northeast Regional Medical Center and the Northeast Missouri Chapter of Senior Circle will celebrate 12 years of Senior Circle in Northeast Missouri with a luncheon and speaker tomorrow at noon at the El Kadir Shrine Club in Kirksville. Author Julia Falkner-Tompkins presents “You’ve Led Quite a Life, So Share It.” Ms. Falkner-Tompkins has written a history of her early life entitled a Not so Dolce Vita: Reflections in a Red Convertible. She will share how she got started writing and some stories about her youth as a child torn away from her parents due to war.

Road Patching Set

MoDot Crews are getting set to do some patching work in Adair County soon. All of the work will be done between 7-30 a-m and 4 p-m. Traffic will be reduced to one lane in the areas while the work is being done. On June third, crews will do patching on Route E between u-s 63 and Route V… and on route HH between missouri three and where state maintenance ends. On June 4th, the patchin gwork will be done on Route N from Missouri 11 to Route CC…. and on Route V from Route E to Missouri 6. On June 5th, they’ll work on routes F and KK between route V and Missouri 6. On June 5th AND 6th, crews will move to Route CC between missouri 156 and missouri 11… and Route J between Missouri 6 and Route A.

Flash Flood Watch

OVERNIGHT THUNDERSTORMS HAVE AGAIN PRODUCED 1 TO 2 INCHES OF RAIN ACROSS MUCH OF NORTHERN MISSOURI. THIS THUNDERSTORM ACTIVITY WILL MOVE EAST US THIS MORNING…WITH DRY CONDITIONS FOR MOST LOCATIONS INTO EARLY AFTERNOON. THUNDERSTORMS ARE AGAIN EXPECTED TO FORM ACROSS CENTRAL AND NORTHERN MISSOURI THIS AFTERNOON AND SLOWLY MOVE ACROSS AREAS WHICH HAVE EXPERIENCED HEAVY RAIN IN THE PAST 48 HOURS. THIS HEAVY RAIN FALLING ON TOP OF ALREADY SATURATED GROUNDS WILL ENHANCE THE POTENTIAL FOR FLASH FLOODING OVER NORTHERN MISSOURI. A FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT.

Schuyler County Relay For Life Set

Schuyler County Relay for Life is gearing up for its annual event with a meeting on Tuesday. In a release, the group asks for committee members and teams. The informational meeting is at 6pm Tuesday at the Lancaster Housing Authority. Relay for Life Schuyler county will take place August 1st at the school in Queen City. All money raised from the event benefits the American Cancer Society.

John Buckwalter to Retire

The public works director for the city of kirksville is retiring. John Buckwalter was hired in 1995 as the city engineer and was appointed public works director in 2005, and served in both capacities until 2011, when the city appointed Edward Leans as the city engineer. Buckwalter is set to retire in early July. Buckwalter has had a major role in overseeing the street program and storm water improvements across the community… most recently he’s been focusing on the wastewater treatement plant upgrade project.