City issues statement on potential of flooding

Jefferson City officials released a statement today regarding the potential of flooding in the city. The release is below:

Mayor Eric Struemph today released the following statement in regard to the potential of flooding conditions in the City:

“The National Weather Service is predicting the Missouri River will crest at 30.4 feet this morning Saturday, June 1, 2013. Flood stage normally begins st at 23 feet. Flooding can be expected in low lying areas within the City. The levee north of the river is expected to hold at the predicted level.”

“The City has activated its emergency operations plan. We have not evacuated the airport but preparations have been made to do so if necessary. The wastewater plant was raised following the flood of 1993 and is not considered to be in danger.”

“The city has sand and sandbags available for residents if necessary. Public works will deliver sand to effected neighborhoods if requested. Residents should call police information at 634-6400 to request sandbags or other non-emergency assistance.”

“Information on this situation changes constantly. For comparison purposes the 1995 flood crested at 32.6 feet. It is too early to know how accurate these predictions are.”

“Nevertheless, I am calling on residents to take appropriate precautions. Such precautions include:

• Do not drive over road or intersections that may be covered with water.

• Obey all road closing and detour signs.

• Keep children and pets out of and away from flood waters

• Do not walk or drive on levees

“Traffic barricades have been made ready. Plans are prepared to protect city infrastructure.”

“Last night the Jefferson City Fire Department performed six water rescues for persons stranded in vehicles. All of these incidents were easily preventable. Residents are strongly urged not to ignore barricades and never to drive into water. Turn around, don’t drown.”

“Residents with questions should look at the City website Jeffcitymo.org and click on ‘Flood Information’ for information about flood conditions and steps they can take. Persons needing emergency services should call 911.”

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