Heavy rain means flooding on roads, rivers

May 31, 2013

Here's what it looked like as the rain fell over Columbia at about 7:30am Friday morning
Credit Ryan Famuliner / KBIA

Heavy rain throughout Mid-Missouri is causing flooding in many areas, and storms are expected to continue throughout Friday. Boone County Emergency Management keeps a live-updated list of road closures, which you can check here at any time for the latest information. As of 7:30am Friday morning, 18 roads were closed in Boone County due to flooding. The Missouri Department of Transportation's traveler information map is also worth checking before heading out on the road today.

You can get the latest information on National Weather Service alerts here. The entire swath of the central part of the state between Kansas City and Columbia is under a flash flood warning, with Boone County's alert set to expire at 1:30pm Friday. Again, check the link for updates throughout the day.

Meantime, the rain has many keeping their eyes on the state’s rivers. Parts of Iowa, Missouri and Illinois are expected to get up to 4 inches of rain through Saturday morning. The Mississippi and Missouri rivers were already flooding yesterday, as were many smaller waterways. The rain caused flash-flooding in Iowa, forcing water rescues and home evacuations. And in parts of Missouri and Illinois that haven't yet dried out from April flooding, residents are preparing to sandbag in anticipation of a new round of high waters. National Weather Service hydrologist Mark Fuchs says some towns along both rivers may even see river readings 10 feet above flood stage.