JEFFERSON COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – While many areas had excessive water, that was not the case in High Ridge. Floodwaters shut down a water treatment plant earlier in the week, leaving businesses and homes in the community under a boil order, and residents with no drinking water. Jefferson County is offering fresh drinking water for residents of High Ridge and others in the county on Sunday afternoon while the area copes with the boil order.
On Saturday night, firefighters and the Missouri National Guard brought tanker trucks filled with fresh water to Public Water District #2 to replace contaminated water at the High Ridge plant, which provides water to at least 20,000 people.
There will be times when residents will notice water outages and those living in higher ground areas may experience such outages over the next few days, according to city authorities.
High Ridge Fire Chief Michael Arnhart could not estimate when the water plant may come back online.
"We do not have an estimate on that. Public Water Supply District #2 is working on that," Arnhart said. "Pumps at the treatment facility, when they get up and running, it will relieve some of the challenges associated with this drafting operation. We are going to continue around the clock for a least the next 24 hours to try and maintain the normal consumption that’s used."
And while it may be the weekend, Arnhart would like to remind residents to conserve water whenever possible.
Bottled water and cleanup kits can be picked up Sunday, January 3 at Fellowship Baptist Church on High Ridge Boulevard between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Meanwhile, Public Water District #2 has said the boil order will remain in effect for some time even after water is fully restored in order to flush out the system. The district has boil order instructions and resources available on its website.
The Jefferson County Health Department is promising free water testing and will give tetanus shots for any county residents affected by flooding. Contact either the Hillsboro location at 636-797-3737 or Arnold location at 636-282-1010 to schedule an appointment.
Anyone interested in donating to the flood recovery effort in Jefferson County can make a donation online at the Jefferson County Community Partnership page.