Well, it looks like the NWS is pretty confident about the potential for heavy rainfall over the next few days. They have issued a Flood Watch (below) for our area. While Jasper County is not usually given to much flooding, we do have a large number of low water crossings throughout the county. These can rapidly fill with running water and become deadly to anyone who crosses them. The old adage is true and worthy of repeating - “Turn Around, Don’t Drown”. We will continue to monitor the situation and you do the same, please.
355 PM CDT Wed Apr 19 2017
...FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM LATE THURSDAY NIGHT THROUGH
The National Weather Service in Springfield has issued a
* Flood Watch for portions of southeast Kansas and southwest
Missouri, including the following areas, in southeast Kansas,
Cherokee and Crawford. In southwest Missouri, Barry, Barton,
Christian, Dade, Greene, Jasper, Lawrence, McDonald, Newton,
Stone, and Taney.
* From late Thursday night through Saturday morning
* Periods of showers and thunderstorms producing heavy rainfall
will develop late Thursday night and continue through Friday and
Friday night. Rain will gradually taper off Saturday. Storm
total rainfall amounts will likely range from two to four inches
with locally higher amounts up to five inches possible.
* This excessive rainfall will lead to the potential of flash
flooding especially on small streams and low water crossings.
Flooding may also materialize on main stem rivers including the
Elk, James and Spring river basins.
A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on
You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible
Flood Warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be
prepared to take action should flooding develop.