Above average rainfall Monday in parts of Pettis County


By Hope Lecchi - [email protected]



Several large limbs floated down Flat Creek on South Grand Avenue after the heavy rains Monday morning. Sedalia received two and a half inches of rain Monday. Parts of north and western Pettis County reported more than six and a half inches unofficially by Monday afternoon.


Hope Lecchi | Democrat

A rapid flowing current moves along Flat Creek above the bridge on South Grand Avenue Monday morning. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for Pettis County until 9 p.m. Monday.


Hope Lecchi | Democrat

A small tributary of Flat Creek on Forest Park churns rapidly Monday morning in a light fog and drizzle. Sedalia experienced lower than average temperatures Monday. A return to higher temperatures and an index above 100 degrees is predicted for the remainder of the week.


Hope Lecchi | Democrat

Tree branches, which normally hang several feet above Flatt Creek, are partially covered by water on state Route M in eastern Pettis County Monday morning. Although rain was predicted for the area, total rainfall Monday in Pettis County surpassed the monthly average of 3.49 inches.


Hope Lecchi | Democrat

Everyone has heard of April showers but ones in August, especially like those Monday, are not common in Pettis County.

With only a day into the month, residents in parts of the county received more than six inches of rain Monday, some recording near 10 inches of rain in the morning and throughout the afternoon.

“While they were predicting rain for the area what we received (Monday) was really quite a surprise,” Sedalia-Pettis County Emergency Management Agency Director Dave Clippert said Monday afternoon. “We certainly weren’t expecting this.

“We have had some reports of gravel being washed out on some roads in the county but overall we have been really very lucky when you consider the amount of rain we have recorded (Monday),” he added. “The National Weather Service has continued to extend the flash flood warning for our area every hour (Monday); now it’s until 9 p.m. (Monday) night but if the rain stops soon I think that may be lifted for the area.”

Even if the flash flood warning is canceled, Clippert advised motorists, especially those in western and northern Pettis County, to use caution when driving.

“Parts of northern Pettis near Hughesville and Houstonia and areas around La Monte near the Johnson County line have already reported more than six and a half inches of rain,” Clippert said. “We still need individuals to be careful on the roadways because no life is worth risking by driving through standing water on roads or bridges.”

The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for small streams until 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in Pettis County, Cooper County, Lafayette County, Johnson County, Saline County, southern Howard County and Henry County. According to information from the NWS, excessive runoff from heavy rainfall has caused flooding of small creeks and streams, country roads, farmland and other low lying spots.

Although Monday’s rainfall may seem like a record amount, the highest total recorded for August by NOAA was 9.71 inches on Aug. 5, 1980. The average rainfall for the month is 3.49 inches.

Monday’s temperatures were also lower than average, with afternoon temperatures barely reaching the mid 80s. Clippert said those conditions were not expected to remain as a heat wave was expected to return Tuesday.

“We could have some pretty hot temperatures in the upcoming days with some high heat indexes,” Clippert added.

The National Weather Service is predicting cooler temperatures for the upcoming weekend.

“It’s really too far out to be predicting what the forecast will be for the (Missouri State) Fair,” Clippert said. “Of course we are all hoping for good weather, cooler temperatures and record-setting crowds, which would be ideal for everyone.”

Several large limbs floated down Flat Creek on South Grand Avenue after the heavy rains Monday morning. Sedalia received two and a half inches of rain Monday. Parts of north and western Pettis County reported more than six and a half inches unofficially by Monday afternoon.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_tsd080216flooding1.jpgSeveral large limbs floated down Flat Creek on South Grand Avenue after the heavy rains Monday morning. Sedalia received two and a half inches of rain Monday. Parts of north and western Pettis County reported more than six and a half inches unofficially by Monday afternoon. Hope Lecchi | Democrat

A rapid flowing current moves along Flat Creek above the bridge on South Grand Avenue Monday morning. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for Pettis County until 9 p.m. Monday.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_tsd080216flooding2.jpgA rapid flowing current moves along Flat Creek above the bridge on South Grand Avenue Monday morning. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for Pettis County until 9 p.m. Monday. Hope Lecchi | Democrat

A small tributary of Flat Creek on Forest Park churns rapidly Monday morning in a light fog and drizzle. Sedalia experienced lower than average temperatures Monday. A return to higher temperatures and an index above 100 degrees is predicted for the remainder of the week.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_tsd080216flooding3.jpgA small tributary of Flat Creek on Forest Park churns rapidly Monday morning in a light fog and drizzle. Sedalia experienced lower than average temperatures Monday. A return to higher temperatures and an index above 100 degrees is predicted for the remainder of the week. Hope Lecchi | Democrat

Tree branches, which normally hang several feet above Flatt Creek, are partially covered by water on state Route M in eastern Pettis County Monday morning. Although rain was predicted for the area, total rainfall Monday in Pettis County surpassed the monthly average of 3.49 inches.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_tsd080216flooding4.jpgTree branches, which normally hang several feet above Flatt Creek, are partially covered by water on state Route M in eastern Pettis County Monday morning. Although rain was predicted for the area, total rainfall Monday in Pettis County surpassed the monthly average of 3.49 inches. Hope Lecchi | Democrat

By Hope Lecchi

[email protected]

Hope lecchi can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1484.

Sedalia Democrat

Hope lecchi can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1484.

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