Last Updated on August 1, 2023 by Robert C. Hoopes
Title: Central Missouri Under Flood Watch Ahead of Heavy Rainfall
A flood watch has been issued in central Missouri, including Boone, Callaway, Cole, Moniteau, and Osage counties, as residents brace for the possibility of flash flooding caused by excessive rainfall. The watch will be in effect from Midnight CDT tonight through Tuesday morning.
The National Weather Service has expressed concern over the potential for flash flooding in poor drainage and urban areas. Low-water crossings are expected to be especially vulnerable, and there is a possibility that storm drains and ditches may become clogged with debris.
Meteorologists are predicting repeated thunderstorms with high rain rates, creating a narrow corridor of heavy rain overnight tonight through tomorrow morning. Rainfall amounts of 2 to 4 inches are expected within this corridor, with localized areas possibly seeing as much as 6 inches.
In some instances, rain rates within thunderstorms may exceed 2 inches per hour, contributing to significant runoff and flash flooding. It is worth noting that this heavy rainfall comes amidst drought conditions and dry soil, which may increase the risk of flooding in certain areas.
Residents in central Missouri are advised to stay updated on weather alerts and take necessary precautions to ensure their safety. It is recommended to avoid low-water crossings and to be cautious while traveling, as roads may become dangerous due to flooding. Additionally, individuals should clear storm drains and ditches near their properties to prevent the buildup of debris.
Authorities will closely monitor the situation and provide updates as needed. Residents are urged to remain vigilant and prepared, with emergency kits and plans in place.
As the flood watch remains in effect, residents are encouraged to stay connected and informed through local news outlets, weather apps, or official government channels. With proper precautions and timely action, residents of central Missouri can mitigate the potential impact of flash flooding caused by the expected heavy rainfall in the coming days.