At a meeting of Miami's Emergency Management department with all other City Departments, Director Glenda Longan announced some good news. She said the Army Corp of Engineers now predicts that the Neosho River would crest at 20.2 feet last night lower than the previously forecasted 23 feet. At 2:45 p.m. the Army Corp of Engineer's measurement in Miami of the Neosho River was at 752.06.
The new prediction came after less rainfall came to the area then was expected earlier.
The bad news was that the event will last for four days according to Longan, and can possibly still cause much flooding in the community.
“This is going to be a long term event,” Longan said.
Longan said that Highway 125 will be impacted for the next few days as well as several Miami city streets including 22nd, 16th Street, D NE, Scotty Court NE, 15th Street, and has closed Riverview Park. The Street Department has placed barricades at these locations and others as needed and warns that citizens should not to drive around them.
At the time of the meeting yesterday at 3 p.m. two homes were affected by the flooding at 1111 Scotty Court, and 1114 Scotty Court, although water had not reached inside these residences at that time. It was reported that some businesses are threatened by the rising water including Big Daddy's on Hwy.125 which was moving their inventory in preparation.
The Utilities Department said that they had shut off some electrical service to areas affected by the flooding, mainly in Riverview Park.
Emergency workers were planning alternative routes for ambulance, police and fire personnel for cases of emergency response.
Kim Horn the City's Parks and Cemetery Manager said that the Horse Barn was being evacuated and equipment moved from the City's Swimming Pool and Softball fields.
The Police Department cleared the shooting range of equipment and supplies in anticipation of the flooding.
The Health Department announced they have plenty of tetanus vaccine available to those who may need inoculations if they have not had one in the past 5 or 6 years.
Longan said she will update information as it becomes available and urged everyone to be prepared and stay safe.