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July 30, 2015

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Water, Water, Everywhere!
 
Storm over Route DD in Daviess County
Storm clouds rolling in are a familiar sight across Northwest Missouri this summer. This impressive cloud was spotted off Route DD in Daviess County.

Northwest Missouri is no stranger to flooding. Every spring it seems routes close across the region. This year, however, spring flooding has stretched into summer and threatens to continue into fall as well.

The excessive rainfall has closed roads, interrupted traffic, delayed construction and damaged roadways. Flooding began in May and has closed roads in 17 of the 20 counties in the district. It seems that each week crews have been busy not only closing and opening roadways, but repairing damaged roadways, culverts, shoulders and roadsides as you can see in the photos below.

 
Floodwaters creep onto the shoulder of US Route 136
Floodwaters inch closer to the roadway on U.S. Route 136 in Gentry County as the Middle Fork of the Grand River spilled out of its banks.
Flood damage
Flooding in Gentry County left behind damage to U.S. Route 136 causing headaches for crews and local residents.
 
roadside damage
Damaged roadside around a box culvert on Route F in Gentry County.
Route Z in Daviess County
It may not look like much water over the road when this photo was taken, but flooding over Route Z in Daviess County damaged the roadway and caused issues for this vehicle.
 
Route H in Gentry County
Water from the Grand River covered Route H in Gentry County washing crops and debris over the roadway.
Route F Gentry County with water across the road
Floodwaters crossed Route F in Gentry County and surrounding fields were flooded.
 
Lost and Found
 
Lost Bag

Crews near St. Joseph found this very distinctive bag in the passing lane of U.S. Route 36 just east of the Route AC overpass and brought it to Customer Service, hoping to reunite it with the owner. A search of the bag found no identification, though some of the items hinted that the owner might be local to St. Joseph. A Facebook post about the lost bag was seen, liked and shared by more than 36,000 people. The bag sat for a week with only one person calling in about it, but sadly, it wasn't their lost bag.

After a week, the Communications team brainstormed ideas and decided to reach out to our local television station. The station ran a story and photo of the bag on their Facebook page, Twitter, website and evening newscast. Within 24 hours, the owner called in. One of her friends had seen the story online and alerted her. She was on vacation, but her father came that day and picked up the bag. He was very thankful to have the now slightly-damaged bag back and even took a photo of it in the lobby with his cell phone to text to his daughter.

Thanks to our caring crews who rescued the bag before the contents were strewn across eastern St. Joseph and to our local media partners for turning a small story into a very happy ending!

 
Time To Head To Camp
Chiefs Training Camp

For the sixth year, the Kansas City Chiefs have packed up, headed north and spent several weeks at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph as they prepare for their upcoming season.

This year, fans coming to watch the open practices held during Chiefs Training Camp have construction to contend with. Not only is Missouri Western updating their football complex, which will close some parking lots, but there is a resurfacing project set to begin just 10 days into camp on Interstate 29. Updates continue to go out to campus staff, city officials, county officials, local businesses, the chamber of commerce and other stakeholders to make this construction as much of a non-issue as possible for visitors and surrounding businesses.

The work is currently scheduled to begin Aug. 10 with night crews but a day crew may be added. Weather delays (see the above story) have impacted the contractor's work in other areas, pushing the resurfacing back for this project. If they need to bring in day crews, the impact may be felt a bit more for visitors, returning students and local residents alike.

 
 
 
 

For more info

Marcia Johnson
Communications Specialist
Northwest District
816.387.2495
Marcia.Johnson@modot.mo.gov

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