Saturday's storms caused closure of Peters Ford Road, Meramec State Park

Photo courtesy Katelyn Borgmann

Leslie, Mo
- Heavy winds caused extensive tree damage on Peters Ford Road off Highway CC in Leslie. 

According to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department, an electric line fell across a mobile home on Peters Ford Road blocking any exit of the residents.

The line was removed and no one was injured.

The Sheriff’s Department is “cautioning people to be aware of the potential for rapidly rising water near rivers, creeks, and streams even though the rain may stop.”

At approximately 2:00 a.m. Friday morning, Franklin County Deputies noticed that the Meramec River was rising rapidly in the Sullivan area.

Deputies contacted the State Park authorities and began evacuating.

In all, Meramec State Park, Meramec Caverns, the Arapaho Camp Ground, and Shady Beach south of St. Clair were evacuated. The evacuation was completed by around 4:00 a.m. 

A tree fell across the road blocking the exit in the State Park but the tree was removed and the evacuation was continued.