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Update: 10:10 a.m. The cooling center at the Salvation Army in Springfield has opened its doors to offer a safe place for citizens to get out of the heat.

The facility at 1707 West Chestnut Expressway will remain open until 7 o’clock this evening.

“We want everyone to have a safe place to get out of the heat and find relief,” said Major Mike Mills, Corps Officer.

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As areas of Southwest Missouri impacted by flooding Tuesday, including Branson and Cassville, begin to assess damage, more rain is expected.  A flood warning is in effect until 5 pm in Barry, Christian, Dade, Douglas, Greene, Jasper, Laclede, Lawrence, Newton, McDonald, Stone, Taney, Webster and Wright Counties. 

The City of Cassville, parts of Branson, Reeds Spring and Roaring River State Park were impacted by flash flooding Tuesday, and there were  several water rescues. 

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More rain is expected this week after flooding in parts of the Ozarks Sunday night.  Meteorologist Rob Frye with the National Weather Service, said 1.66 inches fell at the Springfield-Branson National Airport last night, causing flash flooding.  The most rain fell from central Springfield toward Willard and Republic.  Creeks rose from their banks, and vehicles were trapped in flood waters on Chestnut Expressway just east of I-44.

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Storms this morning caused minor damage and flooding in the Ozarks.  Steve Lindenberg is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

"It was mainly north of Springfield--power lines down, a few trees down," he said.

Trees and power lines are down near Lowry City and trees are down near Fair Play, Crocker and Marshfield.

Lindenberg said widespread rain of four to six inches occurred north of Springfield causing low water crossings to flood and prompting water rescues.

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The National Weather Service says as remnants of tropical system Bill moves into the Ozarks, it’ll bring several inches of rain to southern Missouri.

That means flooding and flash flooding is likely. Officials say the most favorable areas for flooding will be along creeks and streams, and also low lying areas such as low water crossings. The risk level is considered “significant” through this evening, and a flash flooding watch is in effect for our region through Friday night.