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Flash Flooding Leads to Closed Roads & Warnings from Emergency Management

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JASPER COUNTY, MISSOURI -

Storm water improvements in Joplin prevent some streets from being covered during flash flooding. But officials say there are still dangers.

    Heavy rains closed some easily flooded streets in Jasper County earlier today.

    Murphy Boulevard off Joplin's north Main street was closed as it often is during heavy rains.

     Emergency management director Keith Stammer says the danger is when people drive around barriers.

     Stammer says low water bridges like one on Turkey creek, closed earlier in the day, and on South Jackson, are a big problem.

     But he says recent capital improvements in Joplin to prevent flooding  are working. "Take yourself to 7th and Illinois,” says Stammer. “You remember how it used to be there. Water was deep there, sometimes almost up to knee deep. Not too distant past. Now that’s all gone. They built that water retention pond and farther south put in extra storm sewers there. It’s been a very successful effort."

 The water retention bond sits between 15th and 20th streets near Campbell Parkway.

     The low water bridge on South Jackson street regularly floods and is scheduled to be replaced as a capital improvement project in Joplin  in partnership with Newton County.

Stammer says driving through  a few inches of water creates a bow wake that could stall a car. He says crossings may be clear now but that can change quickly with heavy downpours.

Stammer says, it’s important to heed warnings.

He says, “Always heed warnings from local meteorologists and the national weather service. There is in fact a time you need to pay attention to things being different and these warnings come out for good reasons. To warn everyone to be aware of what's happening. These rise fast, recede fast but during that time you can really be in danger."

Stammer says area rivers are not at flood stage and he believes the worst is over for now. 

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