Area rivers could break out of banks
Heavy rains Sunday night and into Monday could force several area rivers out of their banks for the third and in some cases the fourth time this season.
The National Weather Service office in Springfield is expecting the Spring River in Carthage to reach flood stage sometime early Tuesday morning.
At 8:45 a.m. on Monday, the weather service was calling for a crest of 12.6 feet at 7 p.m., Tuesday and the river to fall back below flood stage sometime Wednesday afternoon.
Jim Taggert, service hydrologist at the weather service office in Springfield, said the prediction is based on another 1.5 inches of rain falling on top of the 1.25 inches of rain that had been reported in the Spring River basin as of 8 a.m. Monday.
"If no more rain fell today, the Spring River at Carthage would only go to 6.5 feet," Taggert said. "You're getting between one-tenth and two-tenths of an inch of rain per hour and it's going to rain all morning and into the afternoon, so you could get another inch or more."
Taggert said Kellogg Lake Park on the east side of Carthage starts to flood at 14 feet, while homes in the Kendricktown area on North Garrison Street start to flood at 16 feet.
He said predictions call for the crest to stay below both those numbers, but those predictions could change depending on how much more rain the area received.
Rain gauges across the area were reporting between an inch and two inches of rain.
The gauge at the Carthage Water and Electric Plant on River Street recorded 1.46 inches of rain as of 8 a.m., the weather service's gauge at the Joplin Regional Airport recorded 1.86 inches of rain as of 9 a.m. and the University of Missouri weather station at Lamar recorded 1.49 inches of rainfall.