UPDATE: Hwys. 112, 248 in Cassville closed due to flooding

Saturday, April 29, 2017

3 more inches of rain expected through Saturday

UPDATE, 3:30 p.m. Widespread flooding of Flat Creek has left numerous people stranded in an attempt to get in or out of town.

As of 3:30 p.m., Highway 112 south toward Roaring River and Highway 248 east toward Aurora are both closed.

Flood waters have entered the Cassville City Park and is at the doorsteps of numerous businesses adjacent to the creek.

Further south, the gauge at Roaring River hit 9.61 feet, which is a preliminary new record crest.

2:20 p.m. A swift water rescue is taking place at a home on Highway 37 and Farm Road 2228 in Washburn, where two people are stranded.

Cassville is seeing a lot of street flooding, and while Highway 112 downtown has yet to break its banks, Highway 76 at Highway 112 is flooded.

11 a.m. Heavy rains overnight and Saturday morning have led to many road closures throughout Barry County, and more rain is expected through the day.

According to David Compton, Barry County Emergency Management director, said Barry County has an elevated risk for strong to severe storms, which will be capable of producing large hail to the size of golf balls, wind gusts in excess of 60 mph and perhaps an isolated tornado.

"We just spoke to the Weather Service about an hour ago, and they said we can expect about 3 more inches of rain today," he said. "Sunday, a few remaining showers will persist as the system exits the area. Depending on the storm movement, stalling, training and axis location, these amounts may be conservative.

"Table Rock Lake can expect a significant rise in the lake level and flow. Some models suggest a 3-inch increase in lake levels with an increased flow on the lake. If these conditions develop, they may present a significant hazard to anyone on the water."

In the past two days, estimated rain totals are about 2.5 inches in north and central Barry County, and about 2.3 inches in southern Barry County.

Flat Creek crested at just under 18 feet Saturday morning, and Roaring River, between midnight and 8 a.m., rose from only 2 feet to nearly 8.5 feet, cresting at about 8 a.m. and dropping back to about 4.5 feet currently. The campgrounds were evacuated Friday night. A flash flood watch remains in effect until 7 p.m. Sunday.

High waters have led to numerous road closures. They include: U Highway at Flat Creek in Star City, Y Highway at Farm Road 2140 north of Cassville, C Highway at McDowell low water crossing, Farm Road 1135 at the Roaring River Hatchery, Highway 39 at Farm Road 2135 in Jenkins, Farm Road 1215 north of Highway 248 at Highway O in Jenkins, Sale Barn Rd and Highway 112 in Cassville, Farm Road 1075 at Washburn St., Farm Road 1090 and Farm Road 2165 at Highway 76, Farm Road 1135 and Farm Road 2180.

In Exeter, Police Chief Kenen Martinez said after substantial rainfall Friday night, Exeter police and the Exeter Fire Protection District closed a few streets in the city limits of Exeter.

"These closures primarily effect residents in the Washburn Street and Roaring River Street areas," he said in a post on Facebook. "There's fire/police line blocking some roadways. These closures are out of an abundance of caution as Barry County is expected to receive more significant amounts of rain which could cause a more serious flood danger on these low areas.

"We understand this may cause inconveniences and questions and I do apologize for the inconvenience. We will continue to monitor these low areas and at first safest opportunity, will remove the barrier tape."

Updates to the situation will be released as the day continues and any flooding develops.

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