While Pettis County isn’t expected to experience severe weather this weekend, it will receive plenty of rain.
According to Sedalia-Pettis County Emergency Management Agency Director Dave Clippert, Pettis County will see some periods of heavy rains this weekend. He said the county is expected to receive 4.3 inches of rain between Friday and Sunday evening, which could cause flash flooding concerns. Pettis County is in a Flash Flood Watch until Sunday evening.
Clippert noted Pettis County is not in the expected area of severe weather, but is close to the predicted area. He said he doesn’t expect Pettis to see any high winds or large hail with the weekend storms.
“Flash floods happen very quickly and can be fatal,” Clippert said. “Please watch for suddenly rising waters and prepare to take detours if necessary. It takes less than two foot of water to pick up a vehicle and send it down the stream.”
According to a news release, divisions of the Missouri Department of Public Safety have deployed personnel and equipment to respond to dangerous flash flooding that is forecast to potentially affect much of Missouri beginning Friday evening and continuing through Sunday evening.
The news release states flooding is the leading cause of weather-related fatalities in Missouri and the U.S., and more than half of those killed by flooding are in vehicles and drive into floodwaters.
DPS offered these precautions for citizens living in areas affected by flash flooding:
• When a flash flood warning is issued for your area, or the moment you realize that a flash flood is imminent, act quickly to save yourself. Go to higher ground immediately.
• Do not attempt to cross flowing streams on foot. Even six inches of flowing water can knock you off your feet.
• Never let children play around high water, storm drains, or viaducts.
• Never drive past a barricade closing flooded roads. They are there to protect you.
• Never expect barriers to block off flooded low-water crossings, bridges or roads because flash flood waters often rise so quickly authorities do not have time to respond.
• If your vehicle becomes stuck in rising water, get out quickly and move to higher ground because rapidly rising water may engulf the vehicle and sweep it away.
Additional information and videos about safety during flooding can be found at sema.dps.mo.gov/plan_and_prepare/flooding.php.