March 20, 2012

Flooding threat increases in southeast Kansas

The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for the Neosho River near Parsons until Thursday afternoon.

The Neosho River is forecast to crest at about 25.9 feet, nearly 5 feet above flood stage of 21 feet. Homes near the river could experience basement flooding, the weather service warns.

A flood warning has been issued for Neosho, Montgomery and Labette counties until 10:30 a.m. today. As much as 3 inches of rain has fallen in the area, and another 2 inches could fall today, forecasters say.

Flood warnings have also been issued for Bourbon, Cherokee and Crawford counties of southeast Kansas until 1 p.m. today. Officials in the Springfield, Mo., branch of the weather service said radar and rain gauges in the area indicate between 3 and 6 inches of rain have fallen in the warned area.

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