According to the National Weather Service, severe weather is expected to continue throughout the week in northeast Oklahoma and southeast Kansas.
Cherokee County Kansas Emergency Management Director Jason Allison said Monday that much of southeast Kansas received between 3 and 5 inches of rain overnight Sunday.
“Some areas, especially here in Cherokee County, got as much as 9 inches of rain Sunday night and early Monday,” Allison said. “We've got over two dozen roads closed in Cherokee County.”
High water was responsible for the collapse of one bridge near Columbus, according to Allison.
“If you live along Spring River you should plan to evacuate,” Allison said Monday afternoon. “The river is expected to rise 7 to 8 feet above flood stage Monday night.”
By Monday afternoon, the Neosho River near Parsons had risen to nearly 23.3 feet, flooding many homes along the river at basement level.
While no fatalities had been reported by Monday afternoon, officials in both Kansas and Missouri had conducted several rescue operations.
Oklahoma officials warn motorist to use caution when approaching low-water crossings, especially on county roads, as many are under water.
To the west of Ottawa County, many roads remain closed as well. U.S. Highway 75 and Oklahoma Highway 123 were closed Monday between Dewey and Bartlesville, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said. Oklahoma Highway 10 between U.S. Highway 75 and Oklahoma Highway 99 also was closed, the OHP said. Oklahoma Highway 10 between U.S. Highway 75 and U.S. Highway 169 also was closed Monday, the Nowata County officials said.
The Verdigris River near Lenapah rose above flood stage Monday afternoon, causing moderate flooding that mainly affected rural roads.
The potential for more heavy rainfall across northeastern Oklahoma will continue through this weekend, according to Joe Sellers, meteorologist with the National Weather Service.