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Chillicothe News - Chillicothe, MO
  • Chillicothe prepares for the worst during rain storm

  • Chillicothe Street Supervisor Barry Arthur said there was no major damage caused by the storm that pounded the area Wednesday afternoon through Thursday morning.
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  • Chillicothe Street Supervisor Barry Arthur said there was no major damage caused by the storm that pounded the area Wednesday afternoon through Thursday morning.
    "We've had several places where the water was over the road at any given time," Arthur said. "When we have such massive amounts of water in a short amount of time, the drain structures can't handle it. We have all the inlets opened up. We're holding our own right now. We've got some places that are washed out a little bit, but that's pretty common."
    Chasity Anderson, with Farmers Electric Co-op, blamed lightening for scattered outages across their nine-county region.
    "We never had more than 100 members out at a time," Anderson said. "All members had been restored this morning."
    The Missouri Department of Transportation's website has three reported road closings in the area due to flooding as of Thursday morning. Route KK (east and west) in the northeast corner of the county was closed at 8:25 Thursday morning. Route C (north and south) and Route DD (east and west) were closed between 4:45 to 5:45 Thursday morning.
    While there have not yet been any road closings in Chillicothe, Arthur said the city is preparing for the worst.
    "We had a meeting yesterday (Wednesday) with the fire chief and the emergency management people," Arthur said. "We're doing everything we can do to prepare. Businesses in the southwest corner of town have requested sandbags. The only impact of flooding would be down in there. We hope it doesn't get that bad, but we do have barricades down there."
    In the year and a half Arthur has been in Chillicothe, flooding of the Grand River has not been an issue. Arthur said it looked as though the river had another three feet before it exceeded its banks. He warns the potentially impacted to take precaution.
    "If they have anything that is low lying, they should move it to higher ground," Arthur said.

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