With the melting of six inches of snow that fell on March 21 and two inches of rain that fell on Wednesday and Thursday, the ground in Jasper County is saturated.


Storm brings 2 inches of rain to area, more expected this weekend

With the melting of six inches of snow that fell on March 21 and two inches of rain that fell on Wednesday and Thursday, the ground in Jasper County is saturated.

That has weather prognosticators keeping a close eye on river levels in the area as another batch of rain is predicted to hit the area on Saturday.

“The outlook now calls for widespread amounts of one third of an inch to half an inch of rain on Saturday,” said Megan Terry, forecaster with the National Weather Service Office in Springfield. “The ground is so saturated right now that we may get close to flood stage again on Saturday and we may need to issue flood warnings this weekend.”

The Spring River at Carthage came close to its 10-foot flood stage on Friday morning, rising to 9.23 feet at 6:30 a.m. on Friday. The Spring River gauge at La Russell, had risen to 7.34 feet and appeared to still be rising so Terry said Carthage may see a secondary crest later on Friday. The National Weather Service issued a flood warning for Jasper County and surrounding counties until 7 p.m. today.

Rainfall amounts on Thursday were generally about 1.5 inches to 2 inches across Jasper County with lower amounts to the east.

The National Weather Service gauge at the Joplin Regional Airport recorded 1.93 inches of rain on Thursday, a record for March 25.

The Carthage Water and Electric Plant recorded 2.21 inches of rain on Wednesday and Thursday.
Officials in Jasper and Newton counties reported some flooding at low-water crossings in the two counties. Firefighters from Alba and Carl Junction responded to a report of a vehicle in the water on County Road 290 at the North Fork of the Spring River.

The car was apparently abandoned.

Terry said drivers need to be cautious when approaching low-water crossings and canoers should stay out of the water until it receeds.

A Diamond teenager was killed last week on a canoe outing on Shoal Creek.