A severe storm extending from Kirksville south Bunceton traveled east Friday across northern and central Missouri, causing a number of downed tree limbs and damage in Mexico and rural Audrain County. Heavy rains continued through the rest of the weekend.
Audrain County Joint Communications reported marble-sized hail Friday in the areas of Wal-Mart in Mexico and at its location on East Liberty Street.
Mexico and Audrain County residents reported damage on social media through the Audrain County Emergency Management Agency Facebook page and through other social groups on Facebook.
“Before and during severe weather, the emergency management agency in Audrain County monitors weather and reports coming from the National Weather Service in an attempt to provide first responders and county officials with the most up to date information,” Audrain County Emergency Management Director Nick Tietsort wrote in a statement.
If the county had experienced significant widespread damage from this weekend, such as from a tornado or other catastrophic event, Emergency Management would open a central operations center.
“Emergency operation center hours help area incident commanders by coordinating planning, operations, logistics and finance in one area so incident commanders can concentrate on the incident itself,” Tietsort wrote.
Photos on Emergency Management’s Facebook page included downed tree limbs on vehicles, mangled trampolines, and downed trees across streets.
Ana Garcia, of Mexico, walked out of her home at about 1:15 p.m. Friday to see a tree limb had fallen over her family’s SUV in their driveway. The damage to the vehicle was minimal, however, she said.
“We didn’t see the limb fall we just heard it get really ugly outside and wondered if we were under a tornado warning,” she said. “It just indented it a little, but thankfully it is minimal.”
Garcia and her family were planning to leave town for the weekend, but decided to wait for the storm to pass, she said.
Mexico Department of Public Safety on Monday reported it had responded to eight incidents of trees, large limbs or utility lines in the roadway. A tree that fell in the 1000 block of West Breckenridge pulled down multiple utility lines, breaking three poles. The poles and power lines were replaced by Ameren Missouri. Cable lines from Spectrum also were replaced. A line from AT&T was still down as of Monday morning, so Breckenridge at the 600-700 blocks of Morris Street remained closed.
Flooding from rain Friday of the South Fork Salt River closed Pollock Road through the weekend. The river also flooded the railroad underpass at the 1600 block of East Liberty Street. Missouri Department of Transportation personnel pumped water from the underpass to keep the roadway open.
Ameren Missouri reported about 30 outages Friday in Audrain County. The company has systems in place to reroute power remotely when possible. Ongoing storms have kept crews from addressing downed limbs or power lines.
“We do not work during a storm. Our crews wait until they can safely make repairs and then return to work,” Ameren said in a statement.
Ameren warns residents to stay away from downed power lines and tree limbs that could hide downed wires. Do not step into standing water in a flooded basement, especially if it’s covering electrical outlets, appliances or cords, Ameren said.