Rescues as waters rise in Lawrence and Barry County; US-60 blocked by water at Lawrence 1130; Six inches of rain in six hours time

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LAWRENCE COUNTY, Mo. FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS AS FLOOD WATERS RISE — Shortly after 9:00 PM on Monday night reports of rising waters in Barry and Lawrence County. Water rescues in Aurora and Monett.

Jamie Warriner Meteorologist for KOLR10 in Springfield says, “A broad stripe of 6″ is estimated by radar from east of Monett, MO, northeast up to southwest of Billings, MO. This has led to widespread flooding with several water rescues also being reported. The rainfall rates have fallen in Aurora, but new showers are firing near Purdy, MO, to the southwest.”

On 5/18/21, Assistance was requested in the Verona area for multiple rescues due to flash flooding. District personnel…

Posted by Purdy Fire Protection District on Tuesday, May 18, 2021

NEARLY 7” RAIN IN 6 HOURS — RESCUES IN LAWRENCE COUNTY — AURORA, Mo. — The Aurora Rural Fire Protection District assisted Marionville City Fire and Monett Rural Fire Protection District overnight (early Tuesday morning) with mutual aid. “ARFPD crews were dispatched to multiple water rescue calls in a very short amount of time.

The Verona, Aurora, and Marionville area received nearly 7” of rain in just 6 hours. This rain caused flooding in all low lying areas, along the streams, and dry branch creeks. The water level climbed quickly causing several calls for help to come in at the same time. Crews went scene to scene until all calls for help had been answered.”

As they worked through the night they will be back out in the district Tuesday morning assessing areas of concern that could have been damaged by flooding, IE roads and bridges.

“Crews performed several rescues from vehicles and homes. We received assistance from the Purdy Fire Protection District, in which we have partnered with for a swiftwater rescue team, and Missouri Department of Conservation for boats so that people could be removed from flooded homes that were in danger.” ARFPD (Slideshow Images Courtesy ARFPD)

“Its been a busy night so far for area districts. MRFD responded to 2 water rescues and a motor vehicle accident involving multiple vehicles that crews had to extract one patient from a vehicle. Cause of the accident was due to flood water across US Hwy 60. Reminder to turn around don’t drown. More rain is expected through the week. Special thanks to Purdy Fire, Monett City Fire, Aurora Rural Fire Dist, Barry County Sherriff Office and Missouri Dept of Conservation for all the assistance.” Courtesy Monett Rural Fire District

IMAGE FROM MODOT TRAVELERS APP. Reports at 10:45 PM of water over US-60 at Lawrence 1130 and a multi-vehicle crash.

“Marionville/Aurora have several roads that are impassable due to flooding water. If you are in need of assistance call 911. If you are not assisting with rescue efforts PLEASE STAY HOME.” Marionville Fire Dept

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