Heavy rainfall Wednesday night led to localized flooding and prompted several road closures Thursday.
Pettis County received around 6 inches of rain by noon on Thursday, said Sedalia-Pettis County Emergency Management Director Dave Clippert, and various reports indicated parts of U.S. 50 Highway near Warrensburg, state Route HH, state Route TT and state Route O were all closed due to flooding.
Capt. Dave Keller with the Pettis County Sheriff’s Office said as of 2 p.m. Thursday many smaller gravel roads were covered with water and cautioned drivers against travelling through flooded areas.
“People shouldn’t drive through the water, you can’t see the bottom of the road so you don’t know where it is,” Keller said. “It’s best to avoid those roads covered in water.”
The Pettis County Fire Department conducted an early morning water rescue Thursday.
According to Deputy Chief Mike Harding, a truck was driving on state Route D near state Route 127 when the vehicle was swept off the road due to fast rising water. After receiving a mutual aid call from the La Monte Fire Department, the PCFD used safety lines and webbing to rescue the driver.
“The water was so high and moving quickly that we couldn’t use a boat,” Harding said. “We had to walk in to get (the driver). There was a lot of pressure and water, it was one of the most intense water rescues I’ve had in 24 years.”
Two other rescues were conducted in Johnson County due to high waters.
Keller said he was not aware of any reported property damage, but that several farms had fields under water that would have to be assessed once the water subsided.
The Associated Press reported by mid-day Thursday Gov. Jay Nixon had declared a state of emergency and activated the State Emergency Operations Center and Missouri State Emergency Operations Plan, which allows state agencies to coordinate with local jurisdictions for emergency services.