Heavy rainfall causes flash flooding in state

By Tim Epperson - tepperson@civitasmedia.com

Heavy rains have pushed waterways out of their banks causing flash flooding around Missouri.

In Pettis County, the majority of the flooding occurred in the north part of the county around Hughesville, Houstonia, Longwood and Beaman with isolated reports of 60 mph gusts and quarter-sized hail in some areas, according to Director of Sedalia-Pettis County Emergency Management Agency Dave Clippert. Early Sunday morning from about 6 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., U.S. Highway 65 was closed at State Route BB because it was flooded and impassible, Clippert said. He said rain in Pettis County from Friday into Sunday varied at different locations, with the northern part of the county receiving up to 5-6 inches and in Sedalia, about 3 inches of rain fell over the first part of the holiday weekend.

Clippert said, he expected the rainfall to subside late Sunday night and into Monday morning with an occasional shower. As of Sunday evening, there was no word on if the rain would affect Monday’s Fourth of July Parade in downtown Sedalia scheduled for 11 a.m., the afternoon picnic at Centennial Park at 2 p.m,. or the Chamber of Commerce’s fireworks show at the Missouri State Fairgrounds Monday night.

The National Weather Service said flash flooding was reported in central, southern and eastern Missouri, and more rain’s expected through early Monday. The weather service also issued a flood warning for McDonald County in southwest Missouri until Sunday evening.

Tom Waters, chairman of the Missouri Levee and Drainage District Association, said in an email Sunday that all the recent rain will cause the Missouri River to rise quickly over the next few days, when the river is expected to crest above flood stage at several locations.

No injuries have been reported, but KRCG reports crews were searching Sunday for a man whose vehicle was found swept up in a low water crossing in Fulton.

By Tim Epperson


Tim Epperson can be reached at 660-826-1000, ext. 1485.

Tim Epperson can be reached at 660-826-1000, ext. 1485.

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