It’s been raining heavily again in waterlogged areas of Missouri which is causing all types of problems from power outages to evacuations. The south-central portion of the state has taken the brunt of the wet weather with some areas getting 10 inches of rain in just a matter of a few days. Seven inches of rain came down in the Waynesville area from midnight to Tuesday morning. The rapid movement of the thunderstorms over that part of the state and the depth of the storms has caused the heavy rainfall that is flowing freely on very saturated ground.
A state of emergency has been declared in Missouri by Governor Nixon on Tuesday at about the same time the State Police dispatched extra personnel and equipment to lend a hand to emergency responders. The community of Fort Leonard Wood has gotten nearly 12 inches of rain since the beginning of August which is highly unusual as Missouri as a whole typically only gets a few inches during the entire month of August.
The National Weather Service reported Wednesday morning that this time around the worst hit area of Missouri was about thirty miles east and northeast of Waynesville which includes the communities of Vienna and Newburg. The bad news is that more rain is in the forecast for that part of the state on Wednesday which is causing a lot of alarm all across south-central Missouri. Already up to 200 homes and businesses in Waynesville have suffered flood damage.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol announced Tuesday night that the flooding claimed the life of a 4-year old boy when floodwater swept the vehicle he was riding in away. Rescue personnel were still searching for the driver who they believed to be the boy’s mother. Meanwhile, emergency rescue teams were going door-to-door in the flooded parts of the state to make sure everyone was accounted for and OK.
The flash floodwaters which have receded in some areas have left behind a lot of debris on people’s property. Even though some have had a break from the flooding, many large streams were still flooding Tuesday. And, with more rain coming on Wednesday, people living in the rain-soaked portion of the Show Me State are very nervous about the possibility of more flooding that could do heavy damage to their homes and businesses.
Forecasters are warning that a very wet August could get even wetter across much of Missouri over the coming days. The unstable weather pattern that’s hanging over the state is expected to continue for at least the next 7 days which will likely cause more creeks, streams and rivers to overflow their banks. Even the largest rivers in the state would breach their banks including the Missouri River.