Flash floods hit Fulton on Friday

Roundabout, several streets closed for two-hour period

Fulton Police Sgt. T.W. Barker places cones in 2nd Street as the last entrance of the roundabout in Fulton to be closed at 11:20 a.m. Friday in Fulton. About 10 minutes earlier, traffic along Business 54 at the roundabout was closed. The roundabout reopened to traffic at 12:45 p.m. Friday.

Fulton Police Sgt. T.W. Barker places cones in 2nd Street as the last entrance of the roundabout in Fulton to be closed at 11:20 a.m. Friday in Fulton. About 10 minutes earlier, traffic along Business 54 at the roundabout was closed. The roundabout reopened to traffic at 12:45 p.m. Friday. Photo by Don Norfleet.

Flash flooding forced closure of numerous streets in Fulton on Friday morning, including the roundabout along Business 54 and 2nd Street.

Fulton Police officers and Street Department crews were busy for a two-hour period Friday morning when water from the rampaging Stinson Creek inundated various areas of the city.

“I have been a resident of Fulton all my life,” said Fulton Police Maj. Roger Rice, “I won’t say this is the worst flooding I have seen in the city but this is certainly near the top.”

Most of the streets that were closed because of flooding were reopened from two to two and one-half hours later.

Rice said at one point the city considered asking people to leave apartments near the intersection of Westminster Avenue and 2nd Street. “But the water began to recede rapidly so that was not done. Some of the people in that area left anyway,” Rice said.

Rice said tree limbs from areas upstream clogged the culverts under the roundabout. “It was not possible to remove the limbs during the extreme flooding. But they will try to do that later,” Rice said. He said the roundabout also will be checked to make sure it is still structurally sound.

Police complained numerous people were out looking at the flooding and it complicated traffic control. Some of them drove around traffic cones in the street or barricades.

It marked the first time the roundabout was closed to traffic since it opened in December of 2010.

At 11:20 a.m. Friday, Sgt. T.W. Baker strode out into 2nd Street east of the roundabout and placed cones in the street, marking the complete closure of the roundabout because of flash flooding. Ten minutes earlier, Fulton Street Department crews closed north-south traffic along Business 54 at the roundabout.

Among the streets closed Friday were:

• Business 54 and 2nd Street at the roundabout.

• The intersection of St. Eunice and Cardinal streets.

• Industrial Drive and Westminster Avenue.

• Westminster Avenue and 2nd Street.

• Hickman Avenue and Elm Street.

• Ravine Street and 2nd Street.

During heavy rainfall, a tornado watch was issued for Friday afternoon and evening by the National Weather Service.

Michelle Kidwell, Callaway County emergency management director, said throughout the county all low water crossings were covered with water.

Kidwell said among the county roads closed during the flash flooding were:

• Missouri 94 was closed from Steedman to the Montgomery County line.

• State Road O was closed by County Road 111 near Auxvasse Creek.

• County Road 150 at State Road O had water over the roadway.

• County Road 220 was closed.

• County Road 221 was closed.

• County Road 116 was closed.

• Water was over the roadway at County Road 4663 at State Road O

• State Road F east of County Road 305 had water over the roadway.

• County Road 1005 was closed during the weekend because a culvert was washed out.

• County Road 428 and County Road 133 were completely under water.

• The eastbound lane of Interstate 70 was closed temporarily at the 148-mile marker at Kingdom City.

• Water was over the road on Missouri 94 at Auxvasse Creek in Callaway County.

• The eastbound lane of Interstate 70 just before the eastbound U.S. 54 off-ramp had from two to three inches of mud covering the pavement.

• County Road 158 near County Road 169 had water over the roadway.

• The junction of County Road 121 and County Road 116 was washed out.

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