The National Weather Service warns residents that Spring River may continue to rise throughout the day, possibly cresting at midnight at 29 1/2′. It is currently at 26.96″ as of 12:45 p.m. on Thursday.
Cherokee County Emergency personnel have been assisting residents who are in current flooded areas. They strongly encourage residents along Spring River to take precautions and voluntarily evacuate. They suggest residents seek shelter at an alternative location until the water starts receding.
It should be anticipated that Highway 66 at Riverton, Highway 166 east of Baxter Springs, and the Highway 400 Bypass will be closed as waters continue to rise. Old 96 Highway by Crestline may close as well.