A.J. Feather

Journalist, Developer

I'm a Missouri native currently seeking a dual masters in computer science and journalism from Columbia University in New York City. Every week I also host an awesome podcast called "Integrate" with my friend Mikah, which you can find at Integrate.FM.

Before moving to New York, I obtained undergraduate degrees in journalism and economics from the University of Missouri-Columbia. In Columbia, I hosted a weekly show called "Talking Politics" for KBIA, the local NPR member station and produced, wrote and anchored video for Newsy.com way too early in the morning.

There has never been a political column I did not enjoy reading or an Apple product I did not enjoy using.

Drivers asked to be cautious due to heavy rainfall

The Missouri Department of Transportation announced that it would close the Champ Clark Bridge on U.S. 54 at 7 p.m. on Friday due to flooding.
Heavy rainfall across Missouri has caused flash flooding and road closures in Boone County and could cause flooding along the Mississippi.
National Weather Service Hydrologist Mark Fuchs says there is a good chance of major flooding across the upper-part of the Mississippi River near Quincy, Ill. and Hannibal, Mo.  But what happens downstream is dependent on the levels of rainfall in Missouri.  Fuchs says models are showing rainfall near the Missouri River could be anywhere from an inch to three inches over the next 24 hours.
"Other models are generating between two to three inches, which will give substantial rises along the Missouri and would, in turn, impact the Mississippi River at Grafton, Mel Price, St. Louis and points downstream,” Fuchs said.
Gale Blomenkamp of the Boone County Fire Protection District says people need to be cautious and warns that if there’s water over a road, people should turn around and find another route.
“If that water moved through there, it could have washed that road away, and so you just never know if there’s even a road surface underneath the water,” Blomenkamp said.  “People just need to not drive through water.”
Blomenkamp says drivers should be cautious throughout the weekend because it could take until Sunday or Monday for all of the water to clear off Boone County roads.
The full list of road closures can be found on Boone County Emergency Management’s website here.

via KBIA