Rains spark flash floods in southwest Missouri

Tuesday, March 20, 2012 | 7:34 a.m. CDT; updated 9:47 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, March 20, 2012

COFFEYVILLE, Kan. — Heavy rain across southeast Kansas and southwest Missouri has sparked flash flooding in some low areas, but no damage or injuries have been reported.

The National Weather Service issued flood warnings for Bourbon and Crawford counties in Kansas and Barton and Vernon counties in Missouri early Tuesday after up to three inches of rain hit the area. More rain was forecast for Tuesday.

The weather service said flooding was reported in low-lying areas, including along the Marmaton River in Fort Scott. The weather service said the Marmaton was below flood stage early Tuesday but could exceed flood stage later in the day. The river was expected to drop again Thursday when the rain subsides.

Fort Scott police said a couple bridges in Bourbon County were closed because of high water.


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