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Science and the Environment

Flooding Possible in Parts of the Ozarks

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The National Weather Service in Springfield has issued a flood advisory for:  

Cedar, Dade, northwestern Greene, southwestern St. Clair and western Polk Counties in SW MO until 2 pm today.

At 743 AM CDT...NWS Doppler Radar indicated

heavy rainfall across the advisory area.  Rainfall rates of one to two inches per hour have been common with the storms.   Runoff from the heavy rainfall will cause minor flooding.

Locations in the advisory area include:  Ash Grove, El Dorado Springs, Everton, Fair Play, Greenfield, Humansville, Morrisville, Stockton State Park, Stockton and Walnut Grove. 

Creeks, streams and low water crossings will be especially susceptible to the dangers of flooding.

This advisory includes but is not limited to the following low water crossings: 

Route W at Turkey Creek just west of Eudora

Route K at Turnback Creek west of Everton

Route M at Bear Creek east of Stockton

Route J at Brush Creek 6 miles west of Collins

Farm Rd. 22 at Asher Creek 6 miles east of Walnut Grove. 

A flood advisory means river or stream flows are elevated or ponding of water in urban or other areas is occurring or imminent. 

In hilly terrain, there are hundreds of low water crossings that are potentially dangerous in heavy rain.  Do not attempt to travel across flooded roads.  Find alternate routes.  It takes only a few inches of swiftly flowing water to carry vehicles away.