Weekend storms flood Pike County
Pike County saw its fair share of severe summer weather this past weekend as several strong thunderstorms tore through the area Friday evening and again Saturday and Sunday.
Storm cells brought with them an array of weather concerns; everything from straight-line winds to lightning and intense periods of rain.
According to the National Weather Service St. Louis, Bowling Green got a little over three inches of rain. Alliance official Bo Stinnett says his records show a much higher number, closer to more than seven inches of rain over the three day period.
Locally, Bowling Green and greater Pike County residents saw flash flooding and other signs of storm damage.
Stinnett said Bowling Green specifically saw a great deal of flooding and downed tree limbs, crediting the damage to a combination of the ground being saturated and a huge amount of rain in a very short time.
Stinnett said Alliance’s biggest struggles were battling washed-out culverts, clearing those drains that were backed up, and spotting issues before they grew into problems.
Pike County Road and Bridge Supervisor Sean O’Brien said similar issues were a problem around the county, especially in Bowling Green and the area southeast of the City, which were “hit hard” by the weather.
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The roundabout on the east side of Bowling Green also fell victim to this weekend’s storms, especially Friday evening, when one portion of the roadway was completely flooded.