Heavy rainfall results in evacuation effort - Mountain Grove News-Journal : News

Heavy rainfall results in evacuation effort

Posted: Tuesday, December 29, 2015 3:39 pm

The heavy weekend rains resulted in flooding of several area roads, and caused the evacuation of approximately 30 people north of the Burlington Northern railroad tracks and Lake Lilly in Mountain Grove.

Mountain Grove Fire Chief Mark Bushong stated that at approximately 1:30 a.m. there was a flash flood warning and that he knew that Lake Lilly was rising and checked on it. He then called the Burlington Northern Railroad and they sent an inspector. At around 3:30 a.m. Bushong met with the inspector and the inspector stopped rail traffic, and they began to clear the spillway. Burlington Northern questioned if the railroad track bed, which also serves as the dam for Lake Lilly would hold, Bushong stated. The fire department was called out and they started to evacuate nearby residents. A shelter was also opened at the First Christian Church and the dog pound was also opened as a shelter for any pets.

Burlington Northern was able to secure the tracks/dam by approximately 9 a.m. The railroad inspector indicated that if they had not been contacted and work started, that it could have derailed a train.

Along with the Mountain Grove Fire Department and Burlington Northern Railroad agencies assisting were the Wright County Sheriff’s Department, Wright County Emergency Management, Missouri Emergency Managment, Hwy. Patrol, and the Department of Natural Resources Dam Inspector.

The Missouri Highway Department reported that Wright County  closed four routes due to the flooding. Closed at one time were Rt. Z over Elk Creek, Rt. M from Parks Creek to east of Hunters Creek Road, Rt. AB over Wolf Creek, and Rt. E from Kept Road to Drake Road.

In Texas County four routes were also reported closed, Rt. BB over Big Piney River, Rt. U from Rt. HH to Hwy. 137, Rt. VV from Laner Road to Shepard Drive, and Hwy. 32 over Big Piney River.

Douglas County saw five roads closed, Rt. Y over Cowskin Creek, Rt. FF over Hunter Creek, Rt. U over Bryant Creek, Rt. EE over North Fork River and Hwy. 76 over Fox Creek.