Flash Flood Warnings Spread Across the Ozarks

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Heavy rains that started early Friday morning and are expected to continue through Saturday morning, are causing creeks and streams to spill their banks.

The National Weather Service has issued Flash Flood Warnings for these areas and times (as of 11:00 a.m. 4/21/)

Jasper County in southwestern Missouri...
* Until 915 PM CDT Friday

Newton County in southwestern Missouri...
  McDonald County in southwestern Missouri...
  Barry County in southwestern Missouri...
Until 915 PM CDT Friday

Lawrence County in southwestern Missouri
*Until 1045 PM CDT Friday

Christian County in southwestern Missouri...
  Taney County in southwestern Missouri...
  Stone County in southwestern Missouri...
  Greene County in southwestern Missouri...
* Until 1100 PM CDT Friday

***other counties may be added as the day goes on.  Click here for the latest update

Among the early flooding reports - more than a foot of water was reported over Highway y at Farm Road 2140 about 4 miles north-northeast of Cassville in Barry County.

Learn the actions to take when you receive a flood watch or warning alert from the National Weather Service for your local area and what to do before, during, and after a flood.

Basic Safety Tips:

Turn Around, Don’t Drown!
Avoid walking or driving through flood waters.
Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down, and 2 feet of water can sweep your vehicle away.
If there is a chance of flash flooding, move immediately to higher ground. Flash floods are the #1 cause of weather-related deaths in the US.
If floodwaters rise around your car but the water is not moving, abandon the car and move to higher ground. Do not leave the car and enter moving water.
Avoid camping or parking along streams, rivers, and creeks during heavy rainfall. These areas can flood quickly and with little warning.

Know the Difference:

Flood Watch = “Be Aware.” Conditions are right for flooding to occur in your area.

Steps to Take

Turn on your TV/radio. You will receive the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.
Know where to go. You may need to reach higher ground quickly and on foot.
Build or restock your emergency preparedness kit. Include a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies.
Prepare Your Home

Bring in outdoor furniture and move important indoor items to the highest possible floor. This will help protect them from flood damage.
Disconnect electrical appliances and do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water. You could be electrocuted.
If instructed, turn off your gas and electricity at the main switch or valve. This helps prevent fires and explosions.

Flood Warning = "Take Action!"  Flooding is either happening or will happen shortly.

Steps to Take

Move immediately to higher ground or stay on high ground.
Evacuate if directed.
Avoid walking or driving through flood waters. Turn Around, Don’t Drown! Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down and 2 feet of water can sweep your vehicle away.

(information: Ready.gov)

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