A Flash Flood Watch has been issued for Pettis County from 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday morning. Flooding is possible late Tuesday evening through Thursday morning due to heavy forecasted rain.
According to a release from the Pettis County Sheriff’s Office, thunderstorms with heavy rain are expected overnight Tuesday with additional rounds of thunderstorms Wednesday and Wednesday night. Widespread rainfall of 2 to 4 inches is possible, with locally higher amounts through this period. With some area creeks and rivers still running high and area soil conditions are still pretty well saturated, any heavy rain is a concern for flooding.
Drivers should not drive their vehicles into areas where water covers the roadway.
“Flash Flood Watches are issued when conditions develop that could lead to flash flooding,” said Dave Clippert, director of Sedalia-Pettis County Emergency Management Agency. “Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation and has very little warning time. If you can’t see the road, don’t drive over it. Turn around, don’t drown.
“Over the years the Pettis County Sheriff’s Office and the local Pettis County Fire Departments have conducted many rescues for people who didn’t think it was possible for water to pick up a vehicle and send it down stream,” he added.
Citizens should continue to monitor later forecasts.