Update as of 12:30 p.m. Saturday.
Hillsboro Assistant Fire Chief Brian Gaudet reports that mitigation work on the dam overnight brought the level of the lake down several feet, so nearby homes are no longer at risk for flooding. Gaudet says those evacuated will be allowed back in their homes beginning at 1:00 p.m. He says Jefferson County officials will begin work with homeowners on a long-term solution to the problem.
HILLSBORO, MO (KMOX) – Some 40 homes have been evacuated near Hillsboro in Jefferson County.
“We have a pond lake, six or seven acre lake, off of Castle Ranch Road South of Hillsboro and it has a breach in it” says Jefferson County Executive Ken Waller.
Waller says if the dam is breached or breaks it could send about ten feet of water onto homes.
Spokesman for the DeSoto Rural Fire Protection District, John Scullin tells KMOX News they have a game plan: “We will excavate around the dam with a controlled release of the water to make it safe.”
The Department of Natural Resources is also on the scene. A number of livestock were also led out of the area to safety. The Red Cross is helping the families that were evacuated from their homes.