Storms Blast Franklin County - 911 Center Down For Over An Hour

Pictured is the front portion of a house in Union, Mo. on Washington Street that collapsed during last night storms.

Franklin County, Mo. – Wednesday evening powerful thunderstorms plowed through Franklin County leaving behind a widespread area of destruction and Governor Nixon declaring a State of Emergency.

Sherriff Gary Toelke said this morning that Sullivan was one of the hardest hit areas, suffering a substantial amount of damage after 100 mph winds were reported at the Sullivan Airport.

Picture tweeted by Mike Colombo of the trailer in Sullivan, Mo. that was demolished.

Last night’s storms ripped off roofs, destroyed one mobile home, overturning another; trees knocked down power lines, blocked roadways, and took out Franklin County’s 911 Communication Center, leaving it down for over an hour.

Toelke said, “Franklin County Sherriff Gary Toelke said, “After examination of the system this morning, indications are the outage was caused by a blown generator circuit that feeds our 911 communication center, knocking out all power to the building.”

Jurgens Trailer Court, located east of Sullivan near I-44 had numerous mobile homes sustain major damage, destroying a billboard near the trailer court, and countless trees and large limbs caused widespread power outages.

In Union, Mo. the roofs of two churches were destroyed.  On Washington Street a portion of one home collapsed, but fortunately no one was injured.  Several trees were uprooted and debris covered most of the streets.

Toelke said, “Grey Summit and Villa Ridge were other areas hard hit, mostly trees knocking down power lines and numerous blocking roadways.  Villa Ridge was still without power this morning due to the number of downed power lines.”

Tree uprooted in Union, Mo.

“One tree fell into a house on Old Highway 100.  We were told the house was unoccupied but were unable to assess the damage due to power lines being down preventing us from getting close enough to view the house.”

When we spoke with Toelke late this morning there had been no reports of any deaths or major injuries.

If citizens are in need of immediate relief assistance dial 211 to reach the United Way who can provide the resources/necessities needed.

Photo taken in Union, Mo on Highway A just north of the city limits.

Pictured below a sign twisted to the ground in Union, Mo on Washington Street just south of the stop light intersection.

Metal scraps hang from the roof of a church next to Walgreens in Union, Mo.