Flooding damage around Monett was evident yesterday afternoon as residents came out to see the aftermath of the evening storm.
|Asphalt on the bridges over Kelly Creek was particularly worn by the heavy water over a prolonged period. On Fourth Street, a section of street had two inches of asphalt peeled down to the bricks underneath. On the west side of the street, a 10-foot section of sidewalk was torn out and washed away to a depth of two feet.|
The south side of Front Street showed deep crevasses from erosion.
The city requested more street barricades from the Missouri Department of Transportation during the flooding. Dispatching supervisor Bonnie Witt-Schulte reported none were available as MoDOT had theirs in use dealing with flooding on Highway 39 and Route T.
|North of Monett, water was four feet over the top of the low water bridge on Farm Road 1060 south of Freistatt. The Mt. Pleasant Special Road District plans to close the road to assess needed repairs.|
|Herman Ledhe with the Freistatt Special Road District reported debris was piled over the pier of the Center Creek bridge on Farm Road 1070, one mile south of Freistatt, and there was significant erosion around that bridge and another one an eighth of a mile away.|
County emergency plans are being revised in light of the flooding, Ledhe added.
Residents were evacuated along Clear Creek in Pierce City. Water reached the top of the Highway 97 bridge around 12:30 p.m., having earlier swamped the approaches. The creek did not cross the railroad tracks and did not collect on Commercial Street/Highway 37.