McDonald County Deals With Large Scale Flooding - KOAM TV 7

McDonald County Deals With Large Scale Flooding




Flooded picnic tables, cabins and playground equipment at the River Ranch Resort in Noel, Missouri paints a picture of what most of Central McDonald County has been dealing with since rain started another round of flooding early Thursday morning. Not far off fifteen campers were trapped on an island a little after midnight Thursday morning.

"The sheriff's department sent their boat, and we opened our emergency operation center and we've been going ever since," said McDonald County Emergency Manager Gregg Sweeten.


From there the Sheriff's department called in boats from the Missouri Highway Patrol and Newton County to deal with two home rescues near Powell and one off Big Sugar Creek. Even McDonald County rescue crews needed rescuing when their boat got stuck on the Elk River.


"They left it where it was tied up at because it was too dangerous," Sweeten said.


Even the County Sheriff says he was trapped in his home Thursday morning, and it was only his four wheel drive that saved him.


"It was flooded to my north, by my grandma's house, and then south of my house was a low water, it finally went down low enough that I could get my Explorer out, but smaller cars couldn't have crossed it," said McDonald County Sheriff Michael Hall.


According to the Emergency Manager, water levels in some areas are rising as much as an inch every minute, he says it'll take quite a while with no rain to get these levels back to normal. Especially after grounds already saturated from last Saturday's rain.


"Any rain we get it's just going to raise right back up," Sweeten said. 

And with more rains on the way, both the County Sheriff and Emergency Manager says people should be careful around low water crossings, and to call in if they need help.

McDonald County remains in a flood warning through midnight on Friday.

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