Thunderstorms and heavy rainfall over the weekend 25 to 27 June caused flash flooding across parts of Missouri, USA. Roads were swamped and vehicles stranded. Some homes and businesses were damaged, prompting evacuations. One person died and two were rescued after a vehicle went into flood waters in Clinton County.
The Missouri Department of Transportation reported dozens of roads closed due to flooding across the state. “Heavy amounts of rainfall in a relatively short period of time are producing flash flooding in areas, even those not typically prone to flooding. Travelers in Missouri are advised to remain alert for the possibility of flooding as heavy rainfall is forecast for much of the state throughout the weekend and into early next week,” the Department said in a statement of 25 June.
Several motorists were rescued from vehicles stranded in flood water in Jefferson City. Several vehicles were also reported stuck in flood waters in Columbia. Flooding prompted evacuations in Seneca on 26 June after the Lost Creek broke its banks.
Meanwhile tragedy struck in Clinton County when one person died after a vehicle drove into flood waters in near Gower on 26 June. Two people were rescued from the vehicle.
The Platte River in northwest Missouri jumped to 31.81 feet on 26 June, exceeding major flood stage of 30 feet and inundating much of the town of Agency in Buchanan County.

Richard Davies is the founder of and reports on flooding news, flood insurance, protection and defence issues.

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