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Boone County prepares for flash flooding

More rain is projected across Mid-Missouri for the next several days. Areas prone to flooding, such as Boone County, are already preparing for the possibility of flash floods.

“We see flash flooding and moderate flooding all the time every spring and summer,” said Gale Blomenkamp, Battalion Chief of the Boone County Fire Rescue District. “Nothing out of the ordinary for us, we’re always prepared for that.”

Easley River Road, which sits along the Missouri River, was closed for flooding Sunday evening. According to the Boone County Emergency Management website, it is not scheduled to open until June 20.

New Haven Road is another area in Boone County prone to flooding.

Residents of the Woodstock Mobile Home Community have a difficult time getting in and out of their neighborhood because of flooding along the road.

“We see a lot of cars get stuck,” said Nicole Williams. “Mainly, the only things that get out of here are trucks.”

Blomenkamp said residents are aware that flash floods may occur after heavy periods of rain. Although they are used to the flooding, he said it is smart to be prepared.

“Everybody should understand and have an emergency evacuation plan,” he said. So if flash flooding is coming your way or if you need to evacuate, you should have a plan to do that.”

Blomenkamp also advises drivers to use caution when driving at night through flooded areas.

“Expect that roadways are flooded especially in the low lying areas,” he said. “So when you’re driving at night, reduce your speed and expect those road to be flooded out.”

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