Contact: Battalion Chief John Metz
Duty PIO Pager 573-441-6608 (For Active Emergency Incidents - Leave detailed message 7:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.)
Office 573-874-7644 (M-F, 8-5)
At approximately 11:20 p.m. Monday, July 7, 2014 the National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Boone County. At approximately 11:30 p.m. a line of thunderstorms containing high winds pushed through Columbia causing significant damage.
Between 11:30 p.m. Monday and 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, the Columbia Fire Department has responded to over forty emergency calls, most related to storm damage. Numerous utility lines down, tree damage and some damage to homes from falling trees have been reported. At this time there have been no injuries related to the storm. Columbia Water & Light reports more than 13,000 residents without power.
Residents are reminded to never touch a downed power line. Always assume the power is live. If you are in a vehicle that comes in contact with a downed power line, stay inside the vehicle. The safest place is usually inside the car. Use a cell phone to call 9-1-1.