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Jefferson County approves safety measures for flooding

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Jefferson County approves safety measures for flooding

Jefferson County officials held a full board meeting Monday night, and voted to approve 400 feet of guard rail and an auto-float system as flood precautions.

JEFFERSON COUNTY (WSIL) -- Another step has been taken to bring more safety to Jefferson County.

Local officials held a full board meeting Monday night. They voted to approve 400 feet of guard rail and an auto-float system as flood precautions.

The decision comes after the death of 25-year-old Shelby Mitchell.

Her car left the road on North Panzier Lane in July. Mitchell was trapped under floodwaters. Her body was found the next day. The Jefferson County coroner says Mitchell died from accidental drowning.

Her family says they're relieved with tonight's decision.

"I'm still thankful for the people that did try. I just hope again, they do get training so this doesn't happen again," said her mother Tammy Phillips.

"We've asked for a boat on different occasions with the Law Enforcement Lasso Program and they were given to other agencies, so we're going to continue to try to acquire that asset," said Jefferson County Sheriff Jeff Bullard.

Sheriff Bullard also says the department will make sure to have a proper informant for families and media for cases going forward.

The guard rail is expected to cost $19,300 dollars and the board hopes to install it in the next 60 days.

Multimedia Journalist

Maya Skinner is a Multimedia Journalist at News 3 WSIL. Maya joined the team in 2019 and graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2018 with a Bachelor’s in Communication with a focus in Mass Media.

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