Bourbeuse River Access

Friday, April 28, 2017

Franklin County officials have declared a state of emergency due to flooding all over the county.

First District Commissioner Tim Brinker said river levels in Sullivan are expected to reach record highs and the Meramec River at Pacific is expected to be just two feet below the high water mark in December 2015.

Highway 30 in St. Clair is also being watched closely and may be closed within the next few hours and several businesses in Union are in jeopardy of flooding.

Because of the flooding, most county departments are calling in staff and extra personnel will be a available to mitigate any issues that may arise during emergency operations.

Brinker added there have been some water rescues from homes in the low lying areas and a Red Cross shelter has been activated in Pacific for any residents who may be displaced.

The next set of river level readings are expected to be taken at 10 p.m. Sunday

Although the rain has now stopped area rivers are not expected to fully crest until Tuesday morning.

The county made its decision on the heels of Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens declaring the entire state under emergency. The declarations will allow state and federal assistance to move into the flood affected areas more rapidly.

The Missourian will post any updates received from the county commission, EMA or sheriff's department throughout the evening and will be on the ground with county officials Monday morning.