Flash flood warning in effect until Friday evening

A flash flood watch is in effect for Pettis County from 1 a.m. Thursday until 7 p.m. Friday.

According to a release from the Pettis County Sheriff’s Office, Tropical Storm Bill is moving east through southern Missouri until the end of the week, so thunderstorms are expected, which could cause flooding. Saturated ground and drainage basins that rout the water north may lead to the rapid development of flooding in counties from West Central Missouri through Central Missouri.

Heavy rainfall might impact the area, which starts late Wednesday until Thursday night, with the potential for the heavy rain to linger into Friday. Rivers, creeks and streams will likely experience flooding with this excessive rainfall.

Sedalia-Pettis County Emergency Management Agency Director Dave Clippert said the flash flood watch is being issued based on the projected path of the remnants of Tropical Storm Bill.

“Flash flood watches are issued when conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash Flooding is a very dangerous situation,” he said. “If you can’t see the road under the water, do not try to cross. Turn around, don’t drown. If you have any camping or boating plans this weekend, check the area you will be in to see what the flooding situation is.”

Residents are encouraged to monitor later forecasts.

Sedalia Democrat
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