Linn County sustains more flooding after Tuesday storms

Polly Taylor

Farmers and residents of Linn County communities fell victim to another series of torrential storms which began Tuesday morning, and continued all night finally subsiding this morning. With the storms came power outages, downed trees, and serious flooding both in the county and inside the Brookfield City limits.

Linn County Emergency Director Jamie Stallo reported that six homes were evacuated in and around the town of Linneus.

The Marceline Police Department reported that residents of a mobile home park on Laclede Avenue in Brookfield was evacuated by boat, and Randy Ward, Linn County Commissioner, in a phone statement, confirmed there was flooding along Elk Creek and Laclede Avenue as well as voluntary evacuation of Brookfield Village. He also stated a number of houses on Brookfield’s east side were in danger of being flooded.

The commissioner went on to say he has contacted the governor’s office, Senator Brad Lager’s office, and Representative Tom Shiveley to have portions of Linn County declared a disaster area, and to expedite disaster relief to the areas hardest hit. FEMA and SEMA, Federal and State Emergency Management groups, have also been contacted about lending assistance to county residents.

Wade said he had gotten unofficial reports of over 9 inches of rain in northern parts of Linn County, and that some residents northeast of Purdin have  had water lines washed out due to flooding, leaving them without water.

Representative Shiveley was to meet with Commissioner Wade today to begin surveying damage around the county, but so far has been unable to make it to Linn County because Highway 36 west of Macon is closed due to flooding in the Chariton River area.

There has been severe crop damage, with reports of tractors, bulldozers, and other heavy machinery that was left in the fields, now under water. Commissioner Wade said,

“There is going to be a lot of loss of crops after this particular storm, and I don’t think this is the end of it. We will have to wait until all of the damage is surveyed before we can estimate the value of  the damage done by the rain.”

Brookfield police stated Trinity United Methodist Fellowship Center was being used as a temporary shelter for people whose homes were in danger of being flooded. The church bus was also being used to transport evacuees to the center.

One Linn County Leader employee who lives in the southern part of Linn County, and normally takes Highway 11 in to work, was forced to take a different route since the highway was flooded.

Official reports show that Brookfield received 5.47 inches of rain, Meadville 5.60 inches, Linneus 7.42 inches, Bucklin 4.50 inches, and Marceline 5.50 inches.

Linn County Leader