KANSAS CITY, MO – Sustained heavy rain over the weekend led to emergency situations in Eastern Jackson County, resulting in road closures, localized evacuations, creek bank reinforcements, and closed boat ramps and trails in Jackson County Parks. Jackson County employees from many departments responded, coordinating with other Eastern Jackson County agencies to protect the public.
Jackson County’s Emergency Management and Safety Coordinator, Mike Curry, is working with the Eastern Jackson County Emergency Management Committee to ensure that the County is available and up-to-date on all developments with regard to the high waters. County Executive Mike Sanders, praised the quick response of both Jackson County officials and all of the Eastern Jackson County emergency personnel.
Buckner, Missouri, was particularly hard hit and at least 12 homes were potentially in need of evacuation. Jackson County Public Works trucked 20 tons of sand to fill the sandbags needed for reinforcement along Fire Prairie Creek. The Red Cross has arranged for emergency housing and the Salvation Army’s mobile canteen will be providing food and drink for volunteers. Curry reports that the Public Works Department responded quickly to the call for reinforcements, which went out about 9:00 a.m. today. By 2:00 p.m. all sandbags had been placed and emergency services were in place.
Following is a status report as the situation stands right now (nearing end of business Monday, May 07, 2007).
Roads: Jackson County Public Works closed 23 roads in conjunction with the on-going storms and the effects that they have had in Eastern Jackson County. The following roads were closed north of I-70: Atherton – Sibley; Blue Valley; Dieckman; Duncan; Gillespie; Howell; Old Pink Hill; Reynolds; Seymour; Union School; Webb/Renick; Happy Hollow; Cogswell; O’Donnell; Ripperger and Stock. To the south of I-70, these roads were closed: Browning; Cass County Road; Cave Road; Harris Potts; Nebgen; Old 40 Highway Road and Stillhouse Road.
Roads that are closed will continue to be barricaded. Citizens are reminded to be aware of their surroundings and to follow instructions at road barriers. The Sheriff’s Department wants to reinforce the importance of not driving into standing water or circumventing barriers. County officials reported the status of events to the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) officials at 3:00 p.m. today.
Jackson County Parks and Lakes have also been affected by the rising water. Due to the high lake levels, launching ramps are underwater and not accessible at this time. Lake elevations levels are being monitored by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Little Blue Trace Trail:
The Little Blue River is out of its banks. Large portions of the Little Blue Trace Trail are under water and not accessible.
There does not appear to be any significant damage to the Adair Park facility, only some standing water on the fields. The water has receded at Adair Park and is back in the creek banks. Water level had risen as deep as three feet in some areas of the park.
For updated information on Jackson County Parks Facilities call 816.503.4890.
Further updates on Jackson County roads and parks conditions will follow as information is available.