HEAVY RAINS CAUSE NUMEROUS FLOODED ROADS IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI
Heavy rains Thursday morning resulting in flash flooding and water covered roads in Southeast Missouri.
Flash Flood warnings were in effect for numerous counties, including Butler and Stoddard, during the morning hours on Thursday.
Multiple roads were covered at points in Stoddard County including Highways J and U, along with numerous County Roads.
The Missouri Department of Transportation says that Southbound Route C in Wayne County is still closed this morning due to water over the roadway.
In Butler County, a tree fell across US Highway 67 yesterday near Hendrickson, blocking traffic for a period of time and there were numerous reports of power outages.
Lightning was also a hazard as the Campbell Volunteer Fire Department reported that two structure fires seemed to have been caused by the lightning storm.
According to a Hazardous Weather Outlook issued by the National Weather Service, scattered thunderstorms over southeast Missouri early this morning may produce heavy rainfall and result in renewed flash flooding. A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for a portion of Southeast Missouri until 10 am.
BICYCLIST SERIOUSLY INJURED IN HIT AND RUN
A bicyclist was injured early this morning in a hit and run incident in New Madrid County.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a 23 year old man from Caledonia, Missouri, was riding a bicycle on Route FF, near Morehouse, when he was struck by an unknown vehicle, that then fled the scene. Officials say the incident occurred at around 12:20 am.
The victim was seriously injured and transported to a Cape Girardeau hospital.
TWO ARRESTED ON METH CHARGES IN BUTLER COUNTY
Two area men were arrested Thursday afternoon in Butler County on felony drug charges.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 44 year old Brian Taylor, of Broseley, and 28 year old Taylor Turner, of Fisk, were each taken into custody at around 2:40 pm on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine.
Brian Taylor also had felony warrants out of Butler and Dunklin Counties, while Taylor Turner had a felony warrant out of Wayne County.
The Highway Patrol did not say if the two arrests were connected.
They were both held at the Butler County Jail.
BUTLER COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT TO CELEBRATE 70TH ANNIVERSARY TODAY
The Butler County Health Department will be celebrating their 70th anniversary today with a huge event in Poplar Bluff.
The agency’s 70th Anniversary Summer Bash has been scheduled for 9 am to noon at the Butler County Health Department, located at 1619 North Main Street.
There will be activities for all ages such as the Poplar Bluff Fire Department smoke house, as well as Poplar Bluff Animal Control showcasing animals that are available for adoption.
PUBLIC MEETING SCHEDULED TO DISCUSS UPCOMING ROAD PROJECT IN WAYNE COUNTY
A public meeting will be held next month to discuss an upcoming road project in Wayne County.
Officials with the Missouri Department of Transportation tell KWOC News that the meeting has been scheduled for 4 to 6 pm on Monday, July 15th at the Bill Emerson Memorial Visitor’s Center in Wappapello.
The project to be discussed includes relocating Route D as part of the improvements to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Water Control Plan at Lake Wappapello.
Improvements to Route D would extend from south of the bridge over the East Fork of Lost Creek to half a mile south of County Road 524. During the meeting, two alternates will also be shared for relocating Route D.
DONIPHAN MAN FACING DRUG AND PARAPHERNALIA CHARGES
A Doniphan man is facing multiple charges following his arrest last night in Butler County.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 43 year old Jason Payne was arrested at approximately 8:15 pm on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine.
He is also facing a charge of unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.
Following the arrest, he was held at the Butler County Jail.
STAR GAZING EVENT SCHEDULED FOR THIS WEEKEND AT ALLEY SPRING
A star gazing event has been scheduled for later this month in Southeast Missouri.
Ozark National Scenic Riverways will host “Stars in the Night Sky” from 8 pm through 10 pm on June 29th at Alley Spring. The free event is open to the public and telescopes will be provided.
Rangers at Alley Spring will be surveying the night sky along with a local astronomer. Participants are encouraged to bring a lawn chair, insect repellent and flashlight, and are also welcome to bring a personal telescope.
Alley Spring is located five miles west of Eminence, Missouri, on State Route 106. For more information call 573-226-3945 or visit nps.gov/ozar.