Lightning strikes, flooding reported


Local fire departments were busy late Wednesday night into early Thursday morning responding to a flurry of lightning strike calls and reports of flooding during a heavy storm.

The Columbia Fire Department responded in the rain shortly after 11:30 p.m. Wednesday for the report of a residence possibly struck by lightning in the 1000 block of Forest View Drive. The home was not occupied at the time of the possible strike, which Columbia Fire Chief Mike Roediger said was determined not to have hit the home.

The incident occurred as a steady barrage of lightning strikes were taking place in and around the area during a thunderstorm.

At about the same time, the Dupo Fire Department responded to a possible lightning strike at a home in the 800 block of Kaestner Drive with the smell of smoke in the residence.

Shortly after midnight, Columbia firefighters responded to a home in the 100 block of Sunset Court after the homeowner said fire alarms in the house would go stop sounding following a lightning strike near the home. There were no visible signs of smoke or fire.

The CFD also assisted in removing a downed tree across the roadway on Route 3 at Carl Street, and in responding to two separate reports of transformers struck by lightning on Gall Road and Croatia Drive that resulted in some brief power issues.

At about 12:30 a.m., the Waterloo Fire Department responded to the 2700 block of Hanover Road for a lightning strike to a residence with a smell of burnt plastic inside the home.

Waterloo firefighters were also requested to provide trucks as traffic control to assist the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department as Route 3 was flooded at T Road and Crook Road south of Waterloo.

At 12:40 a.m., the Valmeyer Fire Department was paged to the 100 block of West Hunters Ridge for a possible lightning strike to a home with no visible flames or smoke.

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for the area that was in effect through 3:15 a.m. Thursday.

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