Missouri Governor Mike Parson visited the Defiance area after a tornado and severe storms ripped through the area on Friday, Dec. 10. Estimated damages are more than $3.4 million, according to assessments completed by County inspectors. The County’s Building and Code Enforcement Division of the Community Development Department examined 240 structures in a two-day period; 26 structures were destroyed and 20 had major damage.
According to National Weather Service reports the EF3 tornado touched down at approximately 7:30 p.m. west of Defiance on Highway F and traveled approximately 2.5 miles to Highway 94. It followed the Missouri River into St. Louis County, and then back into St. Charles County southeast of Harvester. The major damage was in the Defiance area. Read more about the County’s response.