BRANSON, MO (KPLR)-Many areas in and around Branson, MO are underwater after 3” to 6” of rain fell on southwest Missouri overnight and Tuesday morning. A Flash Flood Emergency was declared for central and southern Stone County, western Taney County, including the city of Branson. Water rescues were occurring on Bird and Animal Safari Roads as Lake Taneycomo rose out of its banks.
Dana Grobe, from Hillsboro, MO, is stuck at the Westgate Resort in Branson. The only road heading in and out of the resort is closed after the heavy rains opened up a large sinkhole. The water has also washed out the soil under the railroad tracks nearby. Grobe says there are approximately 1500 units on the resort and no other way in or out.
In Cassville, MO, runoff from the heavy rain pushed Flat Creek and Horner Branch out of their banks and flooded buildings with nearly a foot of water. A Flash Flood Emergency for Barry County, MO, including Roaring River State Park and the of Cassville, was in effect until 3pm.
On Tuesday afternoon, Flash Flood Warnings extended as far north and Dent County and southern Phelps County. An additional 2" to 4” of rain is expected across southern Missouri.
The hilly terrain in the Ozarks means there are numerous low water crossings which are dangerous in heavy rain. Drivers should not attempt to travel across flooded roads.