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“The Sheriff’s View” (#31)
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“The Sheriff’s View” (#31)

   The weekly ritual of sitting back in my favorite chair on Sunday evening with computer in hand, debating on what to include in my weekly article, is simple this week. Tonight, there are no other topics to write about other than the floods in Pulaski County this past week. You have seen and heard through our media sources some of the story, so now let me give you a perspective from an insider’s view.

   Shortly after midnight, the storms bellowed their approach. The excessive lightning and thunder indicated this would be a horrific storm but no one, including myself, had any idea what was soon to occur. About 2:30 AM, I turned on my law enforcement radio which sat bed-side. The expectation of hearing patrol cars responding to business and residential burglar alarms did not exist. Instead, I heard Waynesville and St. Robert police officers, along with Pulaski County deputies and Firefighters, shouting out details about massive flooding and people in distress, needing help. Only a few minutes passed before it was obvious a massive rescue undertaking was needed, so an emergency call-out was activated. A mutual aid call was made to Phelps and Laclede County, along with the Missouri Highway Patrol and all county police agencies. Soon, many other Local, State and Federal agencies would be activated.

   A short time later I arrived in Waynesville and made observations I have not seen in my lifetime here. Mitchell Creek was now a raging river, people in harm’s way were trying to flee, and vehicles and trees were floating down the streets as if they were toys and twigs. Law Enforcement, EMS and Fire officials were risking their lives to save those trapped by the raging waters. Highway Patrol boats were rapidly arriving, only to be tested and some defeated by the swift waters. Many times your public service rescuers had become victims themselves, barely eluding drowning. This scenario was not just taking place in Waynesville but also throughout the county; the flooding Roubidoux and Gasconade Rivers were attempting to take everything and everyone one in its path, leaving many in peril.

   This scenario continued throughout the night as the rains poured upon us. Within a few hours, a command center was established with representatives from more agencies than I can remember. Despite the dozens of different entities being present, we were all working as one large team to complete the task at hand. Before noon, this county had a full strike-force at hand, along with the aid of Governor Nixon’s office, who already had resources en-route.

   It was not only your public safety organizations that immediately began rendering aid, but before daybreak Westside Baptist Church had opened their doors to flood victims, along with allowing us to establish a temporary field command center. Soon, other churches, organizations and the American Red Cross responded with resources, along with the City of St. Robert opening the first community shelter. The Human Society of Missouri also activated units to the area to work with the Waynesville Animal Shelter to help pets that had been separated from their owners.

   I personally have been involved in several other mass disaster operations, including Hurricane Katrina, but I have never seen such a swift and effective response as what occurred in Waynesville and Pulaski County last week. The sad reality of losing Jessica Lee and her son, Elyjah, will be heart-felt throughout this community, as with the hundreds of others who were victims of this event; some experts are even calling it a 500 year flood. Losing even one life is one too many, but anyone who was there or seen the aftermath of our flooding can attest to the fact that we are very fortunate that no other lives were lost.

   We are now in recovery mode in Waynesville and Pulaski County, so I ask that each of you consider what you can do to assist in this endeavor. Financial, food and clothing donations, along with heavy equipment and boots-on-the-ground, are all necessary for our recovery. Do what you can to assist your fellow Pulaski Countians because there are many in need. These recovery efforts will be an ongoing endeavor for months, and for some, even years. I personally challenge each of you to be part of this page of Pulaski County history, and please, take the time to thank the individuals who have helped those in need!

     This concludes another week’s summary as your Pulaski County sheriff, and I hope to see you here again next week. For more information about the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department and other related items of interest, please visit our Web-site at (www.pcsheriff2.com), or on Facebook.

As always, stay safe and do something positive for your community.


Sheriff Ronald Long