The Missouri River was forecasted to crest at Boonville around 27 feet on Thursday and Friday, according to a Thursday forecast from the National Weather Service.
The heaviest storms have passed through Cooper County, though intermittent rain is projected to continue into next week.
Several county roads were under water in areas where they crossed over streams and creeks, Cooper County EMA reported in a Nixle alert Wednesday evening. In Boonville, most of the streets have not been seriously affected, Public Works Director M.L. Cauthon said.
Crews have been working to keep stormwater inlets clear, Cauthon said. A blocked stormwater inlet caused a large puddle on Eleventh Street, but the road was passable, Cauthon said. Clearing inlets in an ongoing process. Once crews clear an inlet, water is going to bring in more debris, Cauthon said. Forecasts project intermittent rain on Friday, which should give crews time to keep the inlets clear.
The Missouri River was forecasted to crest at Boonville around 27 feet on Thursday and Friday, according to a Thursday forecast from the National Weather Service. That’s 6 feet above what’s considered a “minor” flood stage. The river level could start falling Saturday, but could stay above flood stage through the early part of next week.
The Petite Saline Creek near Boonville crested at 19 feet Wednesday evening, just below the “moderate” flood stage of 19.5 feet, according to the National Weather Service. The creek is projected to fall quickly, and could be below the “action” level of 11 feet by early Friday.
The Blackwater River near Blue Lick was just below the “moderate” flood stage of 29 feet on Thursday. It was projected to continue rising to around 31 feet Friday, and stay around there through the weekend, according to the National Weather Service.
Rain isn’t projected to be significant, but it could alter the level of rivers and creeks. Intermittent showers on Friday are forecasted to drop up to two-tenths of an inch of rain on Boonville, according to the National Weather Service. The weekend should be drier, but Thursday’s forecasts showed chances of rain from Monday through Wednesday.