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Water woes

Posted Thursday, April 28, 2011, at 6:43 PM

Advance fights a familiar and unwelcome intruder

No, this isn't a photo from the flood of March 2008. This shot was taken yesterday, April 27, 2011. The site is at the intersection of Highway C and Vine Street in Advance, Mo. where the city crew and volunteers are trying desperately to keep the water overflowing Stoddard County Ditch # 14 from flooding residents' homes.

After the "100-year" flood of 2008, city leaders asked the State to increase the size of their metal culvert at the Vine Street location. I stood with the group of MoDot engineers, city officials and even Senator Rob Mayer, as they discussed how to prevent another flooding situation in the future.

Advance aldermen and Mayor James Harnes asked MoDot if they could put in another horn. I remember engineers insisting that "this probably won't happen for another 100 years."

Boy, were they wrong!

The 14 inches pf rain which fell over March 18 and 19, 2008 has been matched by the 16+ inches that we've received in the last week. Every night brings another line of thunder storms, some with tornadoes, some with downpours.

After we dried up in '08, the City of Advance installed a second metal culvert 15-20 feet south of the MoDot right of way. You can see it in the photo. It helped considerably in this year's flood, but it wasn't nearly enough--so the above measures were employed.

I haven't toured the Masters' subdivision just past the tractors, so I don't know if the city's efforts were successful. I walked that subdivision with the FEMA people in '08. Most of the houses on First Sreet had damage, but none of the houses across the highway were flooded.

This year, it's worse. Yesterday I took pictures of sandbagging efforts on the corner of Tropf and Tilley Street west of the city park.

It looks as if the region needs to get ready for a 100-year flood every three or four years.

Thursday, April 28 update:

Today I found my way to the subdivision in question by driving on Cemetery Road, the only way in. First Street and the northern half of Second Street had water up in their yards. I couldn't tell if the water was in the houses.

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It's really sad to view all the water covering the town of Advance and others in our region. I'm blessed to live on top of Crowleys Ridge, if water reached my street, neighboring states of Ky, Tenn, Ill and Arkansas would be under water. Prayers to all affected, wish I could do more. Wanted to assist in filling sandbags at the KDEX radio station, but recent back surgery prevented this.

-- Posted by Dexterite1 on Thu, Apr 28, 2011, at 7:46 AM

They must not be too "Desperate or otherwise the city would have dug up the road to let it drain faster. That is if they thought of that!

-- Posted by Bman69 on Thu, Apr 28, 2011, at 8:31 AM

The city can't "dig up the road." Did you not read that the State of Missouri has the right of way at that location? It's not legal to "dig up a road," just because you want to--there are all sorts of legal ramifications.

Every action on a roadway such as this has to have a durned engineer's study before you can do diddly-squat! I doubt that the city of Advance has the money to pay off the lawsuits that can result from an action like that!

-- Posted by goat lady on Thu, Apr 28, 2011, at 10:00 AM

Sure enough, I checked on the legalities of cutting a street like that. MoDot says that if the city were to cut the street, it could flood the MFA plant and all the way over to Town & Country Supermarket. The city would be responsible for damages. I figured it.

Also--there are all kinds of fiber optics under the road at that location.

-- Posted by goat lady on Thu, Apr 28, 2011, at 12:28 PM

Will be curious to see the lawsuits that come from the people in town with water in their houses because nothing was done to prevent this from happening again.

-- Posted by farmwife2 on Thu, Apr 28, 2011, at 1:41 PM

I don't think it's very easy to sue the state.

-- Posted by goat lady on Thu, Apr 28, 2011, at 6:33 PM

Flooding is a very messy business, but it does bring attention to small towns that they otherwise would not get. I was watching SkyNews out of London a couple days ago and they mentioned the flooding in Poplar Bluff.

-- Posted by FJGuy on Thu, Apr 28, 2011, at 7:34 PM

Ok I have a question. I got a text alert saying hwy 60 was closed from Morehouse to Dexter but local traffic is allowed. We live in Circle City. My husband drove up to hwy 60 and met a trooper and he told him that if he caught him on hwy 60 again he will give him a ticket, and was really hateful about it. So I called the Highway Patrol and told them about the situation and they basically said Daily Statesman is wrong and nobody can go down hwy 60. So I guess everybody on the north side of 60 can't go anywhere because all the other roads are flooded. I was just wondering who got that information about the local people being able to use the highway to get back and forth to Dexter. This is just wrong because there is no water over the road from N highway to Dexter. We can't even cross the highway to get to 114 and go to Dexter!

-- Posted by Jessica613 on Thu, Apr 28, 2011, at 7:45 PM

That's strange, Jessica. Hwy 60 was reopened at 5 a.m. yesterday, I think.

I went from Dexter to Sikeston yesterday, and I could hardly believe my eyes! Morehouse is completely flooded! Every building in town is full of water! Those people are so poor--What are they going to do??

-- Posted by goat lady on Sat, Apr 30, 2011, at 5:56 AM

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Madeline (Giles) DeJournett is the Advance writer for the North Stoddard Countian. A retired high school English/history teacher, she spent 32 years teaching in 5 schools in Missouri and Alaska. These days, she lives quietly with a menagerie of wild and domestic animals on 52 secluded acres in the remote Tillman hills south of Advance. She graduated from Dexter High School in 1960 and Southeast Missouri State in 1964. She can be contacted at advancensc@sbcglobal.net.
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