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Insider Blog: Excessive rain causes rivers to rise around Mid-Missouri

Several rounds of severe weather and heavy rain have put the Missouri Basin to our north in a surplus, leading to downstream flooding along the Missouri River in Mid-Missouri.

That upstream rain coupled with flooding from strong storms Tuesday night will cause locations along the Missouri River to reach minor to moderate flood stage over the next few days.

Some areas saw upwards of 5"+ of rain last night, causing extreme rises along smaller creeks and tributaries, leading to closed roads and a few water rescues through Tuesday afternoon.

A Flood Watch is in effect for much of Mid-Missouri along and south of I-70 for the potential of 2-3" additional rain overnight into tomorrow morning through tomorrow night. The meteorological setup will again be favorable for flash flooding if storms are slow enough to "train" over the same areas hit hard today.

A front has been stalled out right across our area, allowing for a trigger point for rain and storms, and we'll continue to see the low level jet ramp up overnight, pulling in more moisture from the southwest. With dew points in the mid-upper 70s, the air is very saturated already.

When river levels get past 27' in Glasgow, farmland is flooded and homes behind levees can become inundated. The crest is expected to top 29' feet tomorrow.

At 25' in Boonville, several farm levees are overtopped by water and flooding on Perche Creek can back up into McBaine. The crest is expected to go above 26' on Friday.

The Missouri River at Jefferson City is expected to reach minor flood stage and crest higher than 23' on Saturday. River banks will overflow and water will be close to flooding the Katy Trail.

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Jessica Hafner

Jessica Hafner returned to ABC 17 News as chief meteorologist in 2019 after working here under Sharon Ray from 2014 to 2016.


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