Southeast Missouri Flood Watch Issued for Heavy Rain and Potential Flash Flooding

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Cape Girardeau, MO – A flood watch has been issued for much of southern and southeast Missouri, starting at 7 PM tonight and lasting through 1 PM Sunday. The National Weather Service in Paducah, Kentucky, forecasts multiple rounds of heavy rain and thunderstorms during this period, with rainfall amounts ranging from 1 to 3 inches, and localized totals potentially reaching up to 5 inches.

According to the National Weather Service, the heavy rainfall could lead to areas of flash flooding, some of which may be significant. Residents are advised to remain vigilant and monitor local weather updates. Those in low-lying areas, particularly campers in the Ozark Foothills, should be prepared to move to higher ground immediately if water levels begin to rise.

The flood watch encompasses several counties, including Cape Girardeau, Scott, and Stoddard, among others. Authorities stress the importance of avoiding flooded roads and not attempting to drive through water-covered roadways, as just a few inches of moving water can sweep vehicles away.

Emergency management agencies recommend having an emergency kit ready and an evacuation plan in place. Stay informed through local news channels, weather apps, and NOAA Weather Radio for real-time updates and instructions.

This flood watch highlights the ongoing risk of severe weather in the region, emphasizing the need for preparedness and caution over the coming days.

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