Part of Boonville loses power during storm
A line of severe damaging storms bombarded Boonville Saturday afternoon with 49 mph winds and torrential rains. Although the creeks and small rivers that dot the county were flooded, it was the wind which caused the most damage. For hours after the storms almost 2,000 Cooper County residents were without power, especially residents living on the west side of town. Downed limbs were still hanging on a couple lines in sections of town. According to Cooper County Emergency Operations Center Director Tom White, COMO Electric and Ameren UE Customers were among the ones who experienced outages. "Several roads were flooded for a short time period that slowed traffic," White said. The Boonville Police Department received multiple calls Saturday during and after the storms had cleared the area. "We had numerous calls for trees in the roadway and problems with power outages. We didn’t have any emergency calls for injuries to anyone," Boonville Police Chief Bobby Welliver said. While there was a lot to clean up to do around the parks, the Boonville Parks Department was finishing cleanup on Tuesday. "We started cleanup Monday morning and it continues. We originally thought the merry-go-round (Harley Park) was damaged, but once the tree limbs were removed, there appears to be no damage. We did have a section of fence around the tot-lot at Harley damaged and it will have to be replaced," Boonville Parks Director Gary Nauman said. Nauman added he did not have damage cost estimates yet.