Flooding Across the Ozarks - Bus Stranded by High Water Near Ava

AVA, Mo. -- A number of counties in southwest Missouri are under the threat of flash flooding today with storms moving across the region.  In Douglas County, at least two water rescues were reported.

The Ava Public School District says one of its buses is stranded on one side of high water southeast of Ava this morning.  The bus driver had about 10 kids onboard when she saw water over County Road 305 and decided not to take a chance. 

Nancy Lawler, the assistant superintendent for Ava Schools, says the driver pulled the bus over and the kids and driver are staying in a nearby house until the water recedes enough to cross safely.  "The person in the house made them cinnamon rolls and is showing a movie," Lawler said.

There was a water rescue elsewhere in Douglas County at about 8:45 a.m. at a low water crossing near Rome, Missouri.  Douglas County Emergency Management officials were not immediately available to provide more details, but no injuries were reported.

The National Weather Service in Springfield has issued a Flash Flood Warning for the following counties until noon:
southeast Wright, southern Texas, Douglas, eastern Taney, Ozark, eastern Christian, Stone, Taney

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