Bruns Bridge Destroyed by Floodwaters

Franklin County officials have confirmed the historic Bruns Bridge outside St. Clair has been washed away by rising flood water on the Meramec River at about 12:30 p.m. Monday.

This photo was taken of the bridge about 10:30 a.m Monday morning just before Mill Hill Road was closed. 

First District Commissioner Tim Brinker says the old metal bridge collided with the new bridge about 100 yard downstream and it is unknown how much damage was caused.

Despite massive flooding during the spring, 2017 ended as the driest year since 2012.

Finishing up with two of the driest months of the year, Downtown Washington ended with 47.26 inches of precipitation for 2017.

While the year was wetter than the average of 43.6 inches (from 1951 to 2017), it was over an inch drier than 2016 (48.49) and the driest year since 33.27 was registered in 2012.

The total for 2016 was 48.49 inches. Downtown Washington received 68.32 inches of precipitation in 2015, 49.34 in 2014 and 49.73 in 2013.

The wettest month of the year was April, when 10.38 inches of precipitation was measured, making it the third-wettest April on record behind 1994 (10.41) and 2016 (10.39).

February was the third-driest on record with 0.28 of an inch. The record was set in 1963 and 2006 with 0.23 of an inch. It was the 10th time less than an inch of precipitation was measured for February.

November and December each ended with under an inch of precipitation. November was the third-driest on record with 0.8 of an inch. The record was set in 1960 at 0.60 of an inch. A total of 0.67 of an inch of precipitation was recorded in 1969.

It was the fifth-driest December on record. A total of 0.12 was measured in December of 1955. The mark of 0.66 of an inch was measured both in 1980 and 1989. A total of 0.7 of an inch was measured in 1963.

The year started with 1.86 inches of precipitation for January, below the 2.37 average.

The average for February is 2.38 inches with Downtown Washington receiving 2.1 inches below that figure.

March was the first month of the year that was wetter than normal with 5.51 inches of precipitation being measured. The average for March is 3.53 inches.

The 10.38 inches of rain in April helped area rivers flood and some reach record levels in April and May. The average precipitation for April is 4.29 inches.

In May, the rain continued to fall with 7.95 inches of precipitation being measured. The average for the month is 5.03 inches.

Things dried out in June, when 2.89 inches of precipitation was measured, below the average of 4.36 inches.

In July, rain returned with 7.71 inches of precipitation. The average for July is 4.05 inches.

August ended close to average with 3.52 inches of precipitation. The average for that month is 3.52 inches.

In September, a total of 1.81 inches of precipitation was measured. The average is 3.44 inches.

The weather dried up for the final two months of the year.


The Missouri River at Washington topped the 20-foot flood stage three times in 2017, according to the National Weather Service.

The highest crest was 31.88 feet measured at 12:45 p.m. May 4. That was the fifth-highest crest on record.

The highest crest on record is 35.4 feet measured July 31, 1993.

The river also reached 20.69 feet May 24 and 20.52 feet April 8.

The Bourbeuse River in Union crested at 29.33 feet May 2, the third-highest crest on record. The river reached higher marks Dec. 29, 2015 (34.31 feet) and Dec. 5, 1982 (33.8 feet).

The Meramec River at Pacific reached its second-highest crest at 33.05 feet May 2. The record was set Dec. 30, 2015, at 33.42 feet.

The Meramec River did reach a record level near Sullivan at 36.52 feet. That topped the old record of 33.5 feet Aug. 1, 1915.

The river also crested over the 11-foot flood stage May 4 at 14.93 feet and April 6 at 11.86 feet.

The Meramec River also had a record crest of 46.11 feet May 3. That topped the old record of 46.06 feet Dec. 30, 2015.