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THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ST LOUIS HAS ISSUED A

FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR…
CRAWFORD COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL MISSOURI…
IRON COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI…
JEFFERSON COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL MISSOURI…
MADISON COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI…
MARION COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL ILLINOIS…
MONROE COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST ILLINOIS…
RANDOLPH COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST ILLINOIS…
REYNOLDS COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI…
SOUTHERN CLINTON COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL ILLINOIS…
SOUTHERN FRANKLIN COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL MISSOURI…
SOUTHERN ST. CLAIR COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST ILLINOIS…
ST. FRANCOIS COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI…
STE. GENEVIEVE COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI…
WASHINGTON COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL MISSOURI…
WASHINGTON COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL ILLINOIS…

UNTIL 100 PM CDT TUESDAY

AT 712 PM CDT…NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED
SLOW MOVING THUNDERSTORMS WITH VERY HEAVY RAINFALL EXTENDING FROM
NEAR SALEM ILLINOIS THROUGH SPARTA TO ELLINGTON. WIDESPREAD
FLOODING IS ALREADY OCCURRING ACROSS SOUTHEAST MISSOURI INTO
SOUTHERN ILLINOIS AND THIS RAINFALL WILL AGGRAVATE THOSE EXISTING
CONDITIONS.

THE DANGER OF THIS FLASH FLOOD SITUATION CANNOT BE
OVER-EMPHASIZED…THIS IS TRULY A LIFE-THREATENING WEATHER EVENT
FOR MUCH OF SOUTHERN MISSOURI AND EXTREME SOUTHWEST ILLINOIS.
THOSE LIVING IN FLOOD PRONE AREAS SHOULD EVACUATE NOW…IF THEY
HAVE NOT ALREADY DONE SO. BE AWARE THAT EVACUATION ROUTES MAY
BECOME BLOCKED. REPORTS INDICATE MANY MANY ROADS ARE ALREADY
CLOSED DUE TO FLOODING THROUGHOUT THE EASTERN OZARKS.

ADDITIONAL RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF UP TO 2 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE BY
DAYBREAK ON WEDNESDAY…AND THIS IS IN ADDITION TO THE 5 TO 8
INCHES OF RAIN THAT HAS ALREADY FALLEN ACROSS SOME AREAS.

RUNOFF FROM THIS EXCESSIVE RAINFALL WILL CAUSE FLASH FLOODING TO
OCCUR. SOME LOCATIONS THAT WILL EXPERIENCE FLOODING INCLUDE…
ANTHONIES MILL…ANTONIA…BARNHART…BISMARCK…BONNE TERRE…
BOURBON…CEDAR HILL…CENTRALIA…CHESTER…CRYSTAL CITY…CUBA…
DE SOTO…DESLOGE…FARMINGTON…FESTUS…FREDERICKTOWN…
FREEBURG…HERCULANEUM…HILLSBORO…IRONTON…LEADWOOD…
NASHVILLE…PEVELY…POTOSI…RED BUD…SALEM…SPARTA…STE.
GENEVIEVE…STEELVILLE AND SULLIVAN.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS

A FLASH FLOOD WARNING MEANS THAT FLOODING IS IMMINENT OR OCCURRING.
IF YOU ARE IN THE WARNING AREA MOVE TO HIGHER GROUND IMMEDIATELY.
RESIDENTS LIVING ALONG STREAMS AND CREEKS SHOULD TAKE IMMEDIATE
PRECAUTIONS TO PROTECT LIFE AND PROPERTY. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO CROSS
SWIFTLY FLOWING WATERS OR WATERS OF UNKNOWN DEPTH BY FOOT OR BY
AUTOMOBILE.

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD YOU DRIVE YOUR CAR THROUGH FLOOD
WATERS. IF YOUR ROUTE IS BLOCKED BY FLOOD WATERS…TRY TO FIND
ANOTHER ROUTE. IF YOU BECOME STRANDED BY HIGH WATER…CALL 9-1-1
AND ASK FOR ASSISTANCE.

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