Heavy rain continued over Missouri on Wednesday, worsening already dangerous conditions. Flash flooding has become an emergency situation across multiple counties, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).
The NWS Springfield issued a flash flood emergency for Pulaski County and northwestern Texas County through 10:00 a.m. CDT on Tuesday, calling the flooding 'very serious.'
In the town of Waynesville, approximately 20 homes were flooded and being evacuated in the downtown area along Roubidoux Creek and Old Historic Route 66 around 5 a.m. CDT according to the emergency manager.
Water rescues were underway in the area around 5 a.m. CDT. A rescue boat containing several rescue personnel capsized, dumping the crew into swift-moving water, the local fire department reported. The water also stranded two sheriff deputies near Highway 7 and the Gasconade River.
Numerous roadways were closed Tuesday including Route H in Camden County, Route 22 and Route F in Texas County, Routes C and K in Miller County and Route U in Pulaski.
In Dent County, Montauk State Park was evacuated around 5:15 a.m. CDT due to high water. Fort Leonard Wood, just south of Waynesville, recorded 5.33 inches of rain overnight.
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On Wednesday, the flooding continued. Most streets in Dixon were impassible with widespread flooding. Water from the Maries River had begun entering houses.
The Missouri Department of Highways shut down I-44 near the Pulaski and Phelps County line due to high water around 6:30 a.m. CDT Wednesday.
Rolla, Mo., received 3.88 inches of rain, measured by an NWS observer, between midnight at 3 a.m. CDT. Overnight evacuations took place for Newburg, Mo., when the Little Piney Creek began to flood the community.
Rainfall rates were as high as 2 inches an hour in some locations.
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