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Heavy Rains Cause Some Flooding in the Ozarks

UPDATE: All flash flood warnings and flood advisories were allowed to expire by Saturday evening. We set a rainfall record in Springfield for October 23rd with 2.68 inches, breaking the old record of 1.29 inches set in 1943.

Original Story: Multiple rounds of non-severe thunderstorms have pushed across the Ozarks Friday night and Saturday, leading to some flooding problems.

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning until 4:15 p.m. Saturday for northeastern Barry County, northwestern Christian County, southern Lawrence County and northern Stone County.

Doppler radar shows between 2 and 5 inches of rain has fallen.

Some locations that will experience flash flooding include Republic, Monett, Aurora, Mount Vernon, Marionville, Clever, Crane and Billings.

Flash flooding of small creeks and streams, urban areas, highways streets and underpasses as well as other poor drainage and low-lying areas.

This report by the National Weather Service illustrates the flooding concern:

Local Storm Report by NWS SGF: Verona [Lawrence Co, MO] public reports HEAVY RAIN of E4.77 INCH at 01:40 PM CDT — retired nws employee. total since midnight. nearby spring river is close to bankfull. one low water crossing nearby has 4 to 6 inches of water flowing over a farm road.

The National Weather Service also issued a Flood Warning for Greene County, northwestern Christian County, Jasper and Lawrence Counties until 6 p.m. Saturday.

Doppler radar has indicated heavy rain due to thunderstorms, with flooding ongoing by midday Saturday.

Between 1.5 and 4 inches of rain has fallen, with an additional 1.5 inches possible in these areas.

Some locations experiencing flooding include Springfield, Joplin, Nixa, Ozark, Republic, Carthage, Monett, and Aurora.

Track the location of any flooded/closed roadways across the state with the MoDOT Traveler Information Map.

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