High water levels make rivers, lakes and streams a dangerous place to play

Joplin News First

Saturday evening area water gauges from the Nat'l Weather Service show that major rivers and creeks are cresting

JOPLIN, Mo. — Around noon Saturday Diamond Area Fire Protection District were dispatched to a water rescue where a female was reported to be holding onto a log in swift water. The location was Shoal Creek along Old Scenic. Newton County Rescue & Recovery, Redings Mill Fire Protection District and Joplin Fire Department were all contacted regarding mutual aid.

Campers along Shoal Creek at Tipton Ford tell us there was a significant amount of EMS rushing through the area at Water’s Edge Campground (old Hwy 71) before noon. “[The Water Rescue] was upstream from there we were told,” – tipster, name withheld.

About 12:30 PM the female was located and rescued from the water suffering non-life-threatening injuries, however had requested transport to an area hospital.

McDONDALD COUNTY: Radio reports continued all day long along Elk River and Big Sugar with nearly continuous water rescues. We are still waiting on official information from the McDonald County Sheriff’s Office. UPDATE: We are told that there was one female rescued from moving water who required medical attention. Her injuries are not life-threatening. And in a separate unrelated medical emergency a man suffered a snake bite. His condition is unkown as of newstime.

REGION: At Lake Taneycomo a 50-year-old Missouri man drown. Confirmed by the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Lake Taneycomo is an offshoot of Table Rock Lake and is located just northeast of Branson.

SHOAL CREEK CREST: Saturday evening most area waters including Shoal Creek were cresting in the evening. Take a look at our updated article on the historic low water brige at Shoal Creek.

AREA HYDROGRAPHS FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE:

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