Emergency Management: Expect Flooding

In the wake of severe storms over the last few days and more rain likely in the forecast, emergency management personnel across the Ozarks are warning residents to watch out for flooding issues.

MoDOT has a number of roads closed because of flooding, including West Chestnut Expressway at Lulwood Avenue and Haseltine Road because of a flooded roadway at a railroad overpass. Interstate 44 is also closed near the 118 mile marker because of flooding.

There are also a number of roads in the county currently closed, such as route CC and route WW, because of flooding. MoDOT has an interactive map online that allows you to see where roads are currently closed. See it at this link.

On Thursday morning the Springfield/Branson National Airport had recorded over four and a half inches of rain. Anyone with flights in the next few days is encouraged to call and verify your flight before heading to the airport.

Areas that are prone to flooding will likely be flooded based on current and projected rainfall. Emergency management reminds residents to never drive through a flooded roadway, no matter how low you may think the water over the roadway. What you see could be deceiving and the actual water level could be much higher.

(Headline photo courtesy Greene County.)

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