Columbia Clean-up Begins In Wake Of Thunderstorm

Columbia Clean-up Begins In Wake Of Thunderstorm

photo - Smokes billows out of a South Rapp Street home after lightning struck the roof during Saturday morning's thunderstorm.  - photo by Chrissy (nee Hoffmann) Ekerty 

This morning's thunderstorm wrecked havoc with lightning strikes in Columbia as well as flooding sections of Bluff Road. Firefighters from Columbia, Waterloo, Dupo and Millstadt were dispatched to get the situations under control. 

As the thunderstorm rolled through around 11:30 a.m., lightning struck a home on South Rapp along with utility poles along Riebeling, Cherry Street and West Bottom Ave. The strike sparked an attic fire at the South Rapp home. Firefighters rushed to the scene to put out the blaze and clear the smoke from the home. Additional fire crews as well as Ameren Electric linemen worked to remove downed power lines after the utility poles were hit. Power outages were reported throughout the town. 

In addition to the lightning strikes, the thunderstorm dumped inches of rain. Water is flowing over low-lying roads throughout county - including numerous places along Bluff Road. Motorists are advised to use extreme caution when traveling in flood-prone areas. 

A West Bottom Ave. home was damaged by a lightning strike that also knocked down an electric line. Photo by Leonard Defabio IV.