JEFFERSON CITY – It’s a mess. That’s the obvious consensus as water from a major flooding event slowly retreat. On Tuesday, government employees joined private contractors north of the Missouri River, where damage to roads, businesses, and the airport continue to be assessed.
As of Tuesday afternoon, much of the Jefferson City Memorial Airport remained flooded. A truck was making a futile effort to blade water from the main runway and workers were busy gutting the water-soaked remains of the first floor of a flying service building.
West of the airport, crews were working on the few dry patches of a flooded Cedar City Drive. The MFA Agri Services grounds remained inaccessible due to high water. Parks and trails were also closed.
The National Weather Service on Wednesday predicted the Missouri River to fall from a mark of 30 feet (major flooding) on June 14 to 27 feet (moderate flooding) on June 20.