Emergency manager keeping eye on waters in Barry County

Friday, April 21, 2017

Compton: Event is not looking to be repeat of 2015 floods

Rains over the past nearly 36 hours have dropped about 2.5 inches of water in some areas, and despite some flash flooding in the most flood-prone areas, Barry County Emergency Management Director David Compton said there is no need to blare the alarm bells yet.

"We have our typical flooding, like by the Roaring River Hatchery on [Farm Road] 1135, on Y Highway at [Farm Road] 2140 and on C Highway in McDowell," he said. "The campgrounds at Roaring River have been evacuated as a precautionary measure. That was done at about 11 a.m."

Compton said from 1 a.m. Thursday to now, 1-2.5 inches of rain has fallen in areas throughout Barry County, and he expects another 1.5 inches of rain, with some local areas reaching a total of 5 inches by the end of the event.

"Flat Creek at Jenkins is at 10.54 feet when it normally sits at 4, so it is in the minor flood stage," he said. "Roaring River is at 2.30 feet when it normally sits at 1 foot. Our biggest concern is out in Thomas Holler, [west of Exeter and south of Wheaton and Highway 76] and the rains draining into the Elk, also down in the Seligman area west of Washburn. We're looking downstream to the watersheds to see what we've got and where the water will have to go."

Compton said the Cassville area has had a couple reports of minor flash flooding, but he is not expecting this event to develop into ones like the city saw in July and December of 2015.

"A big thing is we're not as wet this time as we were before those, and we've been getting some breaks in the rains, which lets us dry out some," he said.

When parts of Highway 112, Main Street, 13th Street and Fair Street in Cassville flooded in July 2015, Flat Creek in Jenkins had crested at 19.84 feet, more than 9 feet higher than where it sits right now.

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  • They cleaned out creeks but not ours. It is going to back up now and cause us more flooding in Branch arm. Two words-catch basins I don't see catch basins costing more than cleaning out creeks, and they keep Eroding: thus flood damage keeps piling up.

    -- Posted by Doug Edwards on Fri, Apr 21, 2017, at 5:12 PM
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