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Bye Bye Blanchette Bridge
It took two days to do it, but the entire westbound span of the Blanchette
Westplex Volunteers Receive Award
The St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department recognized exceptional volunteers with an appreciation celebration held at the Lodge at Quail Ridge Park on Thursday, April 25, as part of National Volunteer Week. During the celebration, it was announced that in 2012, there were 539 volunteers who contributed nearly 3,800 hours of donated time to the St. Charles County regional parks system.
Phase 3 of 364 Project Is Underway
St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann and Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) District Engineer Ed Hassinger, along with federal, state and local elected officials, broke ground on the final section of the Route 364 Page Avenue Extension on Wednesday, May 22. The ceremony took place at 10 a.m. at the I-64 and Route N interchange in Lake Saint Louis. The site marks the location where the final nine miles of Route 364 will end at I-64. Hassinger welcomed and thanked attendees and Ehlmann recognized all the groups that made Phase 3 a reality. Remarks were also made by Missouri Highway Transportation Committee Commissioner Grace Nichols, Gary Turner of the Missouri River Bridges Committee, State Representative Chuck Gatschenberger, Mayor of Weldon Spring Don Licklider, Mayor of Cottleville Jim Hennessey, Mayor of O’Fallon Bill Hennessy, Mayor of Dardenne Prairie Pam Fogarty, and Mayor of Lake St. Louis Ralph Sidebottom. The $118.2 million roadway project includes construction of a four-lane divided highway from Mid Rivers Mall Drive to the I-64 and Route N in St. Charles County and is expected to be completed by November 2014. The County and its municipalities teamed together to fund $57 million of the project, with MoDOT funding […]
Help Out on Trail Work Day
Missouri was recent¬ly named “Best Trails State” in America by the American Trails organization. Help make a mark on a St. Charles County Park by participating in a Trail Work Day on Saturday, June 1, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., at Indian Camp Creek Park, 2679 Dietrich Rd. (off Highway 61 at the Farris Rd. Exit) near Wentzville. The Parks Department is seeking volunteers to assist with the development and maintenance of our parks’ trail system. Bring a set of gloves, a pair of sturdy boots and some safety glasses and do your part to grow our parks. In addition to the Trail Work Day, families are encouraged to get outdoors and celebrate National Trails Day. St. Charles County Parks has more than 41 miles of paved and natural-surface trails for hiking, biking and equestrian use to explore throughout 10 parks currently open to the public. To register for the Trail Work Day, or for more information about park trails, please contact St. Charles County Parks at (636) 949-7535, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Major Storm Damage in The Westplex
The St Charles County Executive has declared a state of emergency. Dispatch centers and emergency responders have called in additional units and personnel. The Mobile Incident Command Center is at Central School Elementary off Central School Road and St. Peters Howell Road. The Command Center opened at 8 AM Saturday morning for damage assessments. No fatalities have been reported. One fire fighter at the fire station on Jungs Station was injured when the fire house was hit by the storm. Five other area residents received injuries and were transported to area hospitals. Damage reports are currently concentrated around Harvester and Weldon Spring areas. Substantial damage was reported in St Charles city around the Family Arena. Damage was also reported to the Family Arena. All hospitals report no damage. American Red Cross representatives are on scene at the Area Command and the County Emergency Operations Center, but no requests for assistance or shelter have been received. No shelters have been activated. Personnel remain on stand by. Central County Fire District station reported significant damage and one firefighter injured and transported. Here’s the list of damaged areas reported by street (Weldon Spring, Harvester, Unincorporated County): Camelot Rd Independence Rd Dingledine Rd […]
Francis Howell Graduations Rescheduled and Moved to Lindenwood
The Friday night storms and tornado damaged the Family Arena, the site of all three Francis Howell High School graduations on Saturday. Graduation ceremonies for Francis Howell North High School, Francis Howell High School, and Francis Howell Central High School have been rescheduled for tomorrow, Sunday, June 2, 2013, at Lindenwood University’s football stadium, which is located at 209 South Kingshighway Street, St. Charles, MO, 63301. Here’s the revised scheduled for the graduation ceremonies. Francis Howell North High School’s ceremony will begin at 12:00. Graduates must arrive an hour early. Francis Howell High School’s ceremony will begin at 3:30. Graduates must arrive an hour early. Francis Howell Central High School’s ceremony will begin at 6:30. Graduates must arrive an hour early. Here are some additional notes for Sunday’s graduation ceremonies. Please use the Clay Entrance and avoid the Highway 94 entrance. Please do not arrive more than an hour early due to significant traffic congestion. Please bring a light coat or sweater, as it could be colder later in the day and into the evening. Please leave promptly after the ceremony, so the next high school can begin readying for their ceremony.
Westplex Tornado was an F3
The National Weather Service at Weldon Spring has confirmed that it was a tornado that hit St. Charles County Friday night. NOAA staff ranked the twister as an F3. More than 100 homes have suffered major structural damage, making them uninhabitable. There are at least 100 other homes with light to moderate damage. Areas that had major damage were Whitmoor, Cambridge Crossing, Greensboro and Haversham, Camelot, Arena Parkway and River Bend Estates. There were 8 injuries, all minor. Several roads remain closed for clean up and utility repair. They are: Caulks Hill Road between Eagles Hill Ridge and Yorktown Caulks Hill between Towers and Greensbottom Towers Road. between Dingledine and Caulks Hill 2505 Arena Parkway – a 500 ft. section between 364 and South River Road Dingledine at Golden Wheat Drive 3000 Arrow Rock and 329 Pralle Lane are impassable. Residents in storm-damaged areas are asked to place trees and limbs as close to their curb as possible. County Highway Department personnel will pick up the debris in the next few days.
Update on Westplex Tornado
The official total is now over 100 homes with major or heavy damage from Friday night’s EF3 tornado that swept through the Westplex. There are at least an additional 100 homes with minor to moderate damage with the assessments still in progress. The St. Charles County Sheriff’s Department and the MO State Highway Patrol are continuing to provide security for the affected areas. The Family Arena was also damaged in the storm. The Francis Howell School District High School graduations that were scheduled for Saturday afternoon were rescheduled to Sunday at Lindenwood University in St. Charles. Damage cost estimates and assessments are not available at this time and will take be released next week. On Saturday St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann and Governor Jay Nixon toured the damaged areas and met with residents of some of the hardest hit homes. Governor Nixon said the state will stand with local leaders, officials and residents to work towards a full recovery. Insurance adjusters from several companies have moved into the Westplex. The American Family Insurance Company’s Catastrophe Team set up temporary headquarters in the Dierbergs and Target parking lot at 94 and Mid Rivers Mall Drive.
Parts of St. Charles County May Flood
Shortly after noon today St. Charles County and West Alton officials have advised residents in the West Alton community that there is an imminent danger for flooding in the Confluence area. St. Charles County is urging residents of the West Alton area to review their flood response plans and be prepared to evacuate immediately if instructed and to follow local media broadcasts, NOAA weather radio, and St. Charles County’s Facebook page for additional info.
Westplex Tornado Damage Estimates Rise Dramatically
On Monday afternoon St. Charles County officials revised their numbers on how many homes were damaged by the tornado on Friday evening. The figures show that 350 homes sustained major damage. Of those 350 homes about 50 have been categorized as a total loss and have been condemned. Estimates on homes with minimum to moderate damage are now at 250. The following is information from St. Charles County on cleanup and repair to the damaged homes and surrounding areas. Debris from Downed Trees: • St. Charles County Highway Department’s first priority is to pick up trees and limbs in unincorporated impacted areas East of Highway 94, North of Highway 40/61, South of Friedens Rd., and along Arena Pkwy. Otherwise, Highway Department crews will follow County snow routes adjacent to the defined area, but it may take a week or more until they reach those areas. Residents in the impacted areas should bring the tree and limb debris to the curb; also, residents do not need to schedule pickup nor do they need to bag the debris, and there is no set schedule for when crews will reach particular streets, subdivisions, etc. For questions, please call the St. Charles […]
Tornadoes and Now Floods in SCC
Both rivers that border St. Charles County appear to be cresting. The Missouri River at St. Charles has fallen just a bit. At noon on Tuesday the Missouri at St. Charles was at 33.4 feet. That’s down from the crest which was on Sunday at 33.8 feet. The Mississippi River in the West Alton area is measured at the Mel Price lock and dam at Alton. Yesterday (Monday) there was a crest of 34.38 feet. As of noon today (Tuesday) the Mississippi River has dropped slightly to 33.96 feet at lock and dam 26. On Tuesday afternoon Rick Pender, the Rivers Pointe Fire Chief, confirmed a breach on the Mississippi River side of the levee system, very close to the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi. The breach is about 150 foot long. Rivers Pointe has completed notification of all residents in the area and asked them to evacuate. There are over 40 homes in the area east of Highway 67. It has been reported that water has traveled approximately two miles inside the levee in eastern St. Charles County. ·
Latest SCC Flood Info
The Missouri has dropped around 4 feet since Sunday, but the Mississippi is still causing problems in eastern St. Charles County. The Mississippi at Alton was at 33.4 feet as of 11 AM today (Wednesday). That’s only down about a foot since the crest on Monday. Overall, the Consolidated North County Levee is still a concern because the water is up, but the situation is stable. Crews are doing maintenance checks along the levee and addressing problem spots when identified. The flood berm on Highway 94 between Dwiggins Road. and the Ameren Portage plant was completed at 6:30 AM today (Wednesday). This was a protective measure. For the area East of Highwy 67 reports are that 10-12 homes have flooding in the basement or on the first floor. The City of West Alton plans to do a survey by boat today to get an actual count of homes that have flooded.
Let the Rascals Rivalry Begin
The Rascals began their season rivalry with the crosstown Gateway Grizzlies on a rough note; surrendering game one 5-2 at TR Hughes Ballpark in O’Fallon. The loss is River City’s eighth in the last nine games, but a loss from the Joliet Slammers keeps the Rascals in fourth place in the Western Division. The Grizzlies pounced first, bringing a run across in the second inning. Jet Butler singled with one away, Jon Myers reached on an error, and with runners on the corners, Alex Guthrie doubled in a run to make it 1-0. Gateway pulled further ahead in the fourth when former Rascal Spiker Helms doubled in a pair of runs to make it 3-0. River City finally got on the board in the home half of the inning when Steve Carrillo singled with runners on second and third, bringing home Phil Wunderlich from third base. They’d add another in the fifth when Jake Atwell singled into right, cutting the lead down to 3-2. But the Grizzlies owned it from there on it, pouring on another two runs in the seventh off RBI from Antone DeJesus and Jose Flores for the 5-2 final. Drew Goodman took his first professional loss […]
SCC Ramps Up Storm Debris Removal
Starting today, Saturday, June 8, DRC Emergency Services will be assisting the St. Charles County Highway Department in tree debris removal in the areas that were hit by the May 31st storm and tornado. DRC will have ten large trucks that will pick up storm debris. These trucks are much larger than the Highway Department’s trucks and will be able to take large pieces of debris. Residents are asked to allow additional space for these trucks by keeping the roadways clear of debri and to avoid parking on the streets . For questions, please call the St. Charles County Highway Department at (636) 949-7305.
Flood Waters Down from Last Weekend
June 1st was the day after the big storms that swept through St. Charles County. Lots of damage and lots of rain. That caused Missouri River at St. Charles to crest at 33.81 last weekend. As of 10 AM on Sunday June 9th, the Missouri is down ten feet to 22.4 feet. That’s over an 11 foot drop in a week. Residents of eastern St. Charles County are still dealing with the flood waters of the Mississippi. The crest was last weekend at 34.38 feet. The Mississippi has only dropped about four feet in a week. As of Saturday at 9AM the Mississippi was at 30.5 feet at Alton Lock and Dam 26. Residents of Eastern St. Charles County are still under a flood warning and should be prepared to evacuate in case of a levee break or additional rain fall.
SCC Tornado and Flood Update
St. Charles County has been hard at work to clean up and assess the damage from the May 31st EF3 tornado and the June 4th breach of the Consolidated North County Levee in West Alton. “All of St. Charles County’s departments have pulled together for this response,” said Steve Ehlmann, County Executive. “This is the first time the County has faced tornado and flooding at the same time but St. Charles County Government’s employees are committed to the needs of our citizens, whether that’s the 12-hour days the Highway Department has put in the last nine days, or the Emergency Management staff who worked 20-hour days to coordinate response to the tornado and flood.” Ehlmann would also like to thank the community for their response. “Neighbors helping neighbors, from cleaning up storm debris to sandbagging for West Alton, is what St. Charles County is all about,” said Ehlmann. “Residents deserve an enormous thank you for helping each other and for working with us as we clean up and rebuild.” Following is an update, as of June 10, on St. Charles County’s status for tree debris cleanup, costs, damage and more from the tornado and flooding: · Since […]
Old Fashioned Summer Picnic
Join the St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department for an old-fashioned Summer Picnic at Towne Park, 100 Towne Park Dr., (off Highway 61) near Wentzville, Saturday, June 22. Bring the family and enjoy a variety of 19th century games and activities (including the opportunity for guests to hand crank their own ice cream), and live fiddling from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
June 26th is Deadline for SCC Storm Debris Cleanup
June 26th is the last day for St. Charles County tree and limb debris from the May 31st storm to be picked or dropped off at public dumpster sites in the area. As of June 18, the St. Charles County Highway Department and DRC Emergency Services, LLC have picked up an estimated 46,400 tons of tree and limb debris following the May 31 storm. As crews start to near the end of the cleanup, residents are advised to: * Place tree and limb debris at the curb for pickup in impacted areas east of Highway 94, north of Highway 40/61, south of Friedens Rd., along Arena Parkway including Pralle Lane, and along County snow routes adjacent to the defined area. * Drop off tree and limb debris at the following St. Charles County Highway Department facilities: 3890 Greens Bottom Road and 7101 Highway 94 (south of Highway 40/61). * Drop off non-electrical construction debris at the following public dumpster sites: St. Charles County’s Highway Department facility, 3890 Greens Bottom Road; Barnwell Middle School, 1035 Jungs Station Road; and Castlio Elementary, 1020 Dingledine. For questions, please call the St. […]
Storm Debris Now Mulch That Is Available for Free
Due to the overwhelming amount of mulch made from storm tree debris, the St. Charles County Highway Department is giving away the material to the public starting Monday, June 24. The mulch has not been treated for termites or other bugs, and interested individuals and parties must be able to load and haul the material. The mulch will be available from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. weekdays at the following locations on a first come, first served basis until it is gone: * St. Charles County Highway Department facilities at 3890 Greens Bottom Road in St. Charles, and at 7101 Highway 94 (south of Highway 40/61) in St. Charles. * Family Arena, 2002 Arena Parkway in St. Charles. For more information, please call the Highway Department at (636) 949-7305. Residents affected by the May storm and June flooding can find resources and tips by clicking on the “Storm, Flood and Road Closure Information” button on the homepage of St. Charles County’s website, www.sccmo.org
International Food Festival in Cottleville Is Open for Day 2
The first ever International Food Festival got off to a great start Friday night. Larger than expected crowds packed the event all night. The Festival is being held at Ricks Roadside Market on Gutermuth Road in Cottleville. Due to the construction of the third phase of the Page extension you can’t get to Ricks from O’Fallon Road. You can access the festival by taking Highway N or Motherhead Road in Cottleville. Go west on Guttermuth off of Motherhead (turn at St. Joseph’s Church) and drive about a mile. The address is 5382 Guttermuth Road, 63304, if you want to put it into your GPS. The Festival continues over the weekend . Hours for Saturday are 11 AM to 11 PM. The Festival is open Sunday from Noon to 6 PM.
St. Charles County Car Show
The St. Charles County Parks Department is hosting Classic Car Shows at the County Heritage Museum, 1630 Heritage Landing, (off Highway 94 near St. Charles) from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 29, and Saturday, July 6. Car enthusiasts from around the region are invited to come out and admire a variety of hot rods, muscle cars and vintage automobiles on display, and then explore the free, educational transportation-themed exhibit inside the Museum.