21 states under flood warnings

U.S. Midwest experiencing wide-spread flooding

August 9, 2013

Torrential rains continued across the nation’s midsection on Thursday, causing flash flooding that killed a woman and a child, damaged homes and forced multiple water rescues.

Storm systems continue to hammer states with drenching rain and significant flash flooding. Of particular concern Friday are parts of southeast Kansas and southern Missouri, which have seen up to 10 inches of rain this week, with more expected over the weekend.

These areas are at extreme risk for flooding into Saturday morning, the National Weather Service said.

In Nashville, authorities have conducted more than 200 water rescues, and surrounding communities have reported several more, Mayor Karl Dean told CNN affiliate WEMV.

Waynesville, Missouri, was another hard-hit locale. As residents tried to clean up after Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s heavy rains, Thursday’s flooding interrupted their efforts, and authorities ordered evacuations as Roubidoux Creek rose, CNN affiliate KYTV reported.

Other states had plenty of problems, too.

Soggy south-central Kansas was under a flood warning after up to 6 inches of rain fell early Thursday in the center of the state. Since the storms began on Sunday, hundreds of Kansas homes have been damaged, mostly by water in basements and sewage backups, said Megan Hammersmith, director of the Central Kansas Chapter of the American Red Cross.

Flash flood warnings were common in Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Tennessee. And things could get worse: heavy rain is in the forecast into the weekend.

National Weather Service meteorologist Drew Albert in Springfield, Mo., said the rain is the result of a storm front that has stalled over the plains.

“Those upper level winds really aren’t pushing the front anywhere, so it’s kind of hanging there,” Albert said.

In all, parts of 21 states in the Northwest, Plains, Midwest, Southeast and Northeast were under some sort of flood warning or watch on Friday morning.

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