Heavy Friday rains flood some streets in Cape

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Rains that soaked Southeast Missouri earlier Friday prompted a late-morning flash flood warning and caused traffic problems on some Cape Girardeau streets.

By the time the rain ended in the early afternoon, 2 to 4 inches had fallen over the area, said National Weather Service meteorologist David Humphrey. By 8 a.m. Friday, 2.26 inches of rain had fallen in Cape Girardeau, according to the downtown weather station. The Cape Girardeau Regional Airport received 3.04 inches by 7 p.m.

At 8:40 a.m., 10 inches of water had covered an isolated part of Hopper Road near Clippard Elementary School. Cape Girardeau police Sgt. Barry Hovis said most cars came to a complete stop as they approached the high water but were able to navigate around the flooded area.

An hour later, weather spotters reported water covering the road at the intersection of William Street and Kingshighway.

Meanwhile, three accidents were reported in the area Friday morning.

At 7:39 a.m., a two-car accident was reported at the intersection of Mount Auburn Road and William Street. Passengers in both cars were taken to the hospital.

Nine minutes later the police reported a car rollover near mile marker 91 on southbound Interstate 55. Shortly after that, a vehicle ran off the road near mile marker 90 on I-55 southbound. No injuries were reported in either accident.

AmerenUE reported power outages in the area. At 9:40 a.m., 11 of the 23,778 customers Ameren serves in Cape Girardeau County were without power. By 10:10 a.m., that number had increased to 285 customers without electricity.

Power had been restored to all but eight customers by 1 p.m., according to the company's website.

bblackwell@semissourian.com

335-6611, extension 133

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