Campground Evacuated, Some Water Rescues in SW Missouri

HOLLISTER, Mo. (AP) — Flash flooding is prompting water rescues and damage to buildings in southwest Missouri.

Flash flooding was reported in southern Barry and Stone counties, including Roaring River State Park, after an estimated 6 inches of rain fell early Thursday.

Western Taney County Fire Chief Chris Berndt told KYTV rescue workers have evacuated three areas along Turkey Creek, where waters washed one or two mobile homes downstream. Berndt says several businesses and homes in Hollister have water damage.

The Southern Stone County Fire Protection District reports it has evacuated 22 people from a campground near Blue Eye. Campgrounds in Roaring River State Park in Barry County also are being evacuated. No injuries have been reported.

Interstate 44 near Jerome reopened Thursday. More than 40 roads, mostly in central Missouri, are closed.

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