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Science and the Environment

Storms Cause Damage and Flooding North of Springfield

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Emily McTavish
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KSMU

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.

According to the NWS, Lindley Creek was flooding low-lying areas near Highway P in Polk County and a water rescue took place near Bennett Springs.  Three people were trapped on a picnic table this morning at Forbes Campground in Benton County as Deer Creek went over its banks.  Highway C near Lincoln in Benton County was impassable and numerous streets in the county were also flooded.

There’s a chance for scattered showers and thunderstorms the rest of today.

"Depending on how much instability can develop by mid to late afternoon, we could see thunderstorms, possibly severe, redevelop later afternoon and this evening," he said.

He said there’s a possibility of strong winds, hail and even isolated tornadoes.

More rain is expected overnight in central and south central Missouri, bringing with it the chance for more flooding.