It certainly has been a wet couple of weeks for residents of Linn County, with many areas of the County experiencing flooding due to a large amount of rain. But, much like any “bad” occurrence, some “good” has come from this hardship.
It was over a year ago that the LCL reported on the drought conditions that were occurring in Linn County. With rains of between four and six inches received in past seven days throughout Linn County, according to a report from the National Weather Service, the two largest municipalities are reporting that these drought conditions no longer exist.
“We had some flooding in low-lying areas, but nothing prolonged or serious,” said Linn County Emergency Management Director Gary Redmon. “We got lucky; a lot of areas were hit harder than us. It’s going to take a while for farmland to dry out. Our townships did a good job of getting things taken care of.”
According to MoDoT, the following roads in Linn County were closed at some point in the last week due to flooding, but have since reopened: Route C west of Route 11 (West Yellow Creek); Route B west of Linneus (Locust Creek); and Route WW east of Marceline (Mussel Fork).
According to City Manager Luke Lewis, all three of the City of Marceline’s large bodies of water are full. This includes both reservoirs, City Lake, and the Country Club Lake.
“From the City of Marceline’s perspective, the recent rain has helped alleviate the drought conditions from last year,” said Lewis. “Our water supply should be in good shape for this summer season. The Marceline Water Department is always assessing our water supply and continually works toward future drought mitigation.”
In Brookfield, Water Plant Supervisor Al Schneider took this reporter to the City Lake to see the water levels first-hand. Schneider described how the courtesy dock had previously sat in mud due to low water levels.
However, City Lake and all of the reservoirs for Brookfield are all in good shape now, according to Schneider.
“We actually took it pretty well, I have seen worse flooding than this,” said Schneider. “The fields are drying up well. This has made up for the drought conditions we had last year.”