Deputies perform 15 rescues Saturday night

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Rain expected to continue throughout Sunday

UPDATE 11:55 a.m. Sunday: Barry County Sheriff Mick Epperly said the Sheriff's Office performed 15 water rescues on Saturday night, including one requiring a boat near the Missouri Department of Transportation barn on Highway 37.

Epperly said deputies were out until 3 a.m., rescuing several stranded motorists and homeowners with its military-grade Hummer. There were no reported injuries or drownings.

"Some went to the Family Life Center in Cassville, others went to the motel by the Ford dealership, and some went to family's homes on higher ground," he said.

Epperly said the toughest rescue was at a mobile home park on Highway 37 near the MoDOT barn, where one home was taking on a lot of water, and two people were stranded there.

"We took our Hummer in but had to back it out, but the Highway Patrol brought their boat in and got them to safety," Epperly said. "[The rescues were] an all-night deal. We had one person in McDowell that needed rescuing, and the Purdy and Cassville Fire Departments, Department of Conservation and some volunteers were out there.

"Six of my deputies were working overtime last night, and they had no problem doing it."

Epperly said with continued rains today, flooding could pose more problems.

"It could rise up again today, but the good thing is waters have receded overnight," he said. "People still need to use caution, especially in smaller vehicles. I saw some people who made it to safety, but their vehicles were stranded.

According to the National Weather Service, 5.5 inches of rain had fallen by 8:15 a.m. Sunday, and the rain is expected to continue at a pace of a quarter-inch per hour.

UPDATE 11:01 p.m.: Business 37, also Main Street, in Cassville is closed due to flooding. Highway 112 through Roaring River State Park is closed as well. The flash flood warning has been extended to 4:45 a.m.

The city of Cassville is experiencing flooding, although not as extensive downtown as the city saw back in July.

Dana Kamemrlohr, Cassville police chief, said the city is in a flooding situation, and some evacuations are being done on Fair and Harrell Streets.

"The businesses on Main Street have not been hit yet, but there's flooding on 7th and 9th street going north, and Sale Barn Road is blocked off," she said.

Additional road closures, according to the Missouri Department of Transportation include, Route Y north of Cassville, Highway 76 west of Exeter, Route U at Star City and Highway 97 near Route T.

According to the National Weather Service in Springfield, Route C in McDowell is also closed due to high water.

Three to five inches of rain has already fallen, and flash flooding is occurring in Monett, Springfield, Republic and Anderson. Additional rainfall of one to two inches is possible.

A tornado warning was also issued earlier today, but National Weather Service reports did not contain any information on a possible touchdown.

Several roads impassable in Barry County right now. Please see for road closing information.

Posted by Barry County Sheriff's Office on Saturday, December 26, 2015

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