June 15, 2011 11:16 pm

Missouri River Flooding FC Informational Meeting


Tues July 14th was the day for meetings. Started at 10 a.m. for Commission Public Meeting and ended with Planning and Zoning Subcommittee Meeting on Regulation Changes. At 1PM the County hosted an informational meeting on impending Missouri River flooding primarily for first responders but, open to the public.  The room was filled and garnered the attention of Ch 2, Ch 5, The New Haven Leader, West Magazine and others.  The bottom line is that potentially serious flooding is moving down the Missouri River with KC already sandbagging.

FC has ordered between 100,000 and 150,000 sandbags devoted mostly for our larger towns on the river.  If risk increases for places such as Labadie, we can request sandbags.  Each municipality was doing their own planning and the meeting was to coordinate efforts and inform them of the resources available. For example, there was ample discussion of shelters and resources should people be displaced. So much depends on the amount of rainfall on top of snow melt and reservoir releases.  What is certain is that the risk will be there for the rest of the summer.

It was interesting that Ameren representatives were there but no mention of precautions being taken to ensure the berms around the impoundments are sound.  The maps shared in a Powerpoint presentation showed the plant surrounded by water.  Ameren’s comments focused on how to get resources into the plant and how to keep energy flowing through the grid.

Several people were interviewed by the news stations, including LEO and local residents.  LEO voiced concerns about the integrity of the impoundments and the known risk to the location that would be a landfill if zoning codes are changed by the Franklin County Commission.  This was the video that ran on Ch 2 evening news. Just cut and paste to view.


The proposed landfill is in the floodway according to newly revised FEMA maps. The county has also revised its floodplain managment ordinances to adopt the new maps. The floodway, as defined by FEMA, is the “channel of a river or other watercourse and the adjacent land areas that must be reserved in order to discharge the base flood without cumulatively increasing the water surface elevation more than a designated height.” Communities must regulate development in these floodways to ensure that there are no increases in upstream flood elevations and to be considered for FEMA flood insurance/aide. May 31st the County Commission unanimously voted to adopt the new maps as part of a revision to the floodplain management ordinances.

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