Columbia hit hard by heavy rainfall

Pictured is the flooded intersection of Gall Road at Webster Drive in Columbia late Monday afternoon. (submitted photo)

Heavy rains hit Columbia hard late Monday afternoon, dropping an estimated three to five inches of precipitation in less than an hour. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for Columbia, which expired at 7:45 p.m.

Several roadways were flooded and creeks overflowed their banks.

The Columbia Fire Department responded to a car submerged in high water on Centerville Road shortly after 5 p.m. A woman inside the car needed assistance and was safely rescued from the flooding without injury.

The CFD also responded to a report of power lines down in the area of Cement Hollow Road at Imbs Station Road. Power outages were reported in the city, with Ameren showing 18 homes still without power as of 8:30 p.m.

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Corey Saathoff

Corey is the editor of the Republic-Times. He has worked at the newspaper since 2004, and currently resides in Columbia. He is also the principal singer-songwriter and plays guitar in St. Louis area country-rock band The Trophy Mules.
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