Many Roads Impassable Due To Heavy Rainfall And Flooding

Heavy rainfall has caused flooding across the Ozarks over the weekend after a rainy week dumped inches of water on already saturated ground.

Up to three inches has already fallen with this round of rain, and meteorologist expect more coming until late Saturday afternoon.

Although meteorologists with the National Weather Service says expect heavy rain and a chance for showers into the overnight hours. A severe thunderstorm warning was issued for far southeastern Ozark County from 2:45 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. Saturday because of wind gusts over 60 mph.

Ongoing flooding is occurring across the area and the additional rain today will just add to the flooding. Remember turn around don't drown.

— NWS Springfield (@NWSSpringfield) February 24, 2018

Emergency crews have been busy working water rescues across southwest Missouri as many roads are quickly becoming impassable.

In Springfield, many of the outside lanes along roads like National, Glenstone and Oak Grove are not drivable because of flash flooding.

Around Greene County, Farm Road 141 near 192 has been blocked off due to high water, as well as a bridge along Cox Road and Nichols Road near the Christian and Greene County line.

Numerous roads in south-eastern Greene County are flooding, and additional heavy rain is inbound now. Of the worst is E Farm Road 164 at Kinser Bridge.  We are attempting to close E Farm Road 164 on both sides of the James River,  as well as Farm Road 193 through Crighton Park.

— GCSO (@GreeneCountySO) February 24, 2018

A car was stuck in high water on Tracker Road in Nixa and had to be abandoned.

On I-44 in Lawrence County, the eastbound right lane is going to be blocked from a hole in the bridge at the 48 mile marker near the Aurora and Mt. Vernon exit.

Officials in Douglas County report FF Highway is impassable, along with Y Highway and EE in eastern Douglas County. There are also reports that Highway 14, east of Ava is also flooded, and a low water slab at the end of NN Highway near O Highway is impassable.

In Dallas County, the National Weather Service says heavy rains have caused the Niangua River to flood a section of Highway 32 east of Buffalo. It has also caused closures of Highway's K and P south of Windyville.

In Webster County, the heavy rains have caused the Stewart Creek to flood a section of Ottawa and Marshfield Road in Fordland. 

Officials in Ozark County report Highway 181 northeast of Sycamore is closed, along with Highway T southeast of Sycamore. There are also reports of Highway H closed as well, southweat of Hardenville.   

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MoDOT and the National Weather Service are urging people to not approach any high water. Turn around don’t drown.

To keep updated with road conditions, check out the MoDOT Traveler Map.

Heavy rains across the state today. Many road closures due to water over the road. Please check the Traveler Information Map at before you travel, or contact our Customer Service Line at 1-888-ASK-MoDOT (1-888-275-6636). #TurnAroundDontDrown

— MoDOT Southwest (@MoDOT_Southwest) February 24, 2018
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