Early morning storm causes problems in Jefferson City

At least two fallen utility lines at separate locations caused Jefferson City police to block traffic early this morning. Meanwhile, water company officials were looking for a possible waterline break that was causing a drop in water pressure.

Heavy thunderstorms with high winds began passing through the area shortly before 2 a.m., causing downed tree limbs and downed utility lines.

Police temporarily closed the westbound lanes of U.S. 54 between Ellis Boulevard and Missouri 179 because a telecommunications or cable line had fallen, striking a vehicle on Jefferson Street (the adjacent outer road). U.S. 54 was reopened around 2:50 a.m.

Crews responded to reports of power lines down in at least eight locations, including a downed line reported to be arcing in the 2700 block of Schott Road in eastern Jefferson City.

Meanwhile, Missouri American Water Co. advised city dispatchers during the 2 a.m. hour that it had experienced a large drop in water pressure for an undetermined reason. The water company asked police or residents to report the location of any pooling of water that might be caused by a break in water lines.


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