CARL JUNCTION, Mo. — The driver of a semi is rescued from the cab of his truck, after driving into high water.

Around midnight Thursday (5/5) the Carl Junction Fire Department was dispatched to rescue the single occupant of a semi truck, after that driver found himself in more than two feet of water which flowed across Highway 171, near Z Highway, just north of Carl Junction.

Firefighters used a water raft, powered by a single propeller motor to reach the stranded driver who was approximately 100 yards from dry pavement on Highway 171.

After being rescued from the cab of his semi truck, the driver said that he was not injured and didn’t require medical attention.

CJPD said the section of Highway 171 (near Center Creek) were the semi truck became stranded by high rushing water, re-opened early this morning, after water receded from the roadway.

Other area fire departments have reported similar water rescues tonight in Barton, Jasper, and Lawrence Counties; none of them causing drownings or injuries.


Very heavy rainfall from a storm system affecting Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri and Arkansas prompted the National Weather Service (NWS) to issue a Flood Warning for several counties in the four states until 1:00 p.m. today (5/5).

From 11:00 a.m. Wednesday morning to 3:00 a.m. Thursday morning, 4.47″ of rain had fallen at the Joplin Airport.

The NWS has also issued a Flood Warning for one of the largest rivers in Jasper County: Spring River.

The river is expected to rise above flood stage late this morning, and should crest at 24 feet, just after midnight (5/6).

Spring River in Jasper County is considered to be at flood stage when it reaches 19 feet.

The NWS said that the anticipated crest of Spring River in Jasper County is comparable to a previous crest of 24 feet that occurred nearly 50 years ago on November 2nd, 1972.