From the streets of Neosho, downtown Seneca and Anderson, to Grand Falls to McNatt and all points in between, heavy rainfall caused major flash flooding on Sunday morning. According to the National Weather Service, between 4-8 inches of rain fell across the area in a six hour period, much of it in a shorter time frame.
The result was flash flooding that began to impact the area on Sunday morning, leaving some church goers unable to reach services or early attendees unable to return home until the waters went down.
In Neosho, water rose rapidly across town, flooding Morse Park, parts of Neosho Boulevard and many other streets throughout the community. Big Spring Park and the downtown area saw rising water.
So did residents of Riverside Drive and Stratford Place, two of the hardest hit areas in April 2017, in what was termed a 100 year flood at the time.
The City of Neosho opened a shelter on Sunday morning at the Neosho Senior Center but later, with the American Red Cross, set up a temporary shelter at Calvary Baptist Church in Neosho.
In the area, downtown Seneca and Anderson both were flooded. At one point, Seneca was virtually cut off when all roads leading into town were closed due to high water. On Highway 59 south of Goodman and north of Anderson, several culverts washed free from ditches which contributed to covering the the highway with high water.
Numerous roads in Newton and McDonald were closed. Some remain closed due to bridge or road damage. Many water rescues were necessary throughout the area with area law enforcement as well as representatives from the Missouri Conservation Department on hand.
In Neosho, flooding occured in areas where it has traditionally happened but some streets were flooded that had not in recent memory or at higher levels than previously noted. Behind Neosho High School, High School Branch - normally a trickle or a dry ditch - overflowed into the adjacent parking lots and onto the football field.
Missouri State Representatives Dirk Deaton (159th district) and Ben Baker (160th) were both out to survey damage in their districts and posted messages on social media.
Newton County Commissioner Alan Cook reminded the public not to drive around barricades but some motorists continued to do so until county workers placed concrete barriers at some locations.
At press time, it's anticipated that both FEMA and SEMA will be in the area to assist residents with flood damage and recovery. The Neosho Daily News will share that information when it becomes available.