UPDATE, 5:48 p.m.
Much of the area remains under alert throughout Saturday evening for rain-related dangers, according to reports from the Springfield office of the National Weather Service.
Newton and Lawrence counties remain under a flash flood warning until 12:15 a.m. Sunday. According to a report issued at 4:58 p.m., thunderstorms producing heavy rains were expected throughout the evening. The rainfall could further aggravate ongoing flash flooding.
Areas cited in the report as threatened by floods include, but are not limited to:
• Business Highway 60 just north of Neosho.
• Highway 97 at Spring River, north of Stotts City.
• Route CC at Lost Creek south of Racine.
• Highway 97 south of Stotts City.
• Highway 97 south of Highway 37 and Pierce City.
UPDATE: 5:11 p.m.:
Reporter Koby Levin recorded this interview with Jim Gideon, of Anderson, who hasn't seen Indian Creek surge like it did Saturday since 1964:
UPDATE, 4:02 p.m.:
The Joplin Police Department said in a tweet that roads throughout Joplin are passable again, but warns drivers to be careful in case rains resume throughout the evening.
Reporter Jordan Larimore posted this video of flooding along Shoal Creek near Redings Mill:
UPDATE, 3:10 p.m.:
Reporter Koby Levin captured video of flooding in Newton County.
UPDATE, 2:20 p.m.:
The city of Neosho reported on its Facebook page that flooding has caused a loss of two pumps at its water treatment plant. The city is asking residents to avoid travel and to conserve water.
UPDATE, 12:05 p.m.:
The Joplin Police Department released an updated list of road closures on its Facebook page:
MURPHY BLVD: MAIN TO POOL
2300 S MCCOY
E 15TH: ILLINOIS TO KANSAS
MURPHY BLVD: 4TH TO MAIN
4TH & TURK: RR OVERPASS
JUNGE & PICHER
10TH & MAIDEN
7TH & ILLINOIS
400 S SCHIFFERDECKER
3-5 & MAIN
32 & RANGE LINE: MODOG
24 & RANGE LINE: MODOT
26 & CONNECTICUT
20 & PEARL
4TH & TYLER
20 & TEXAS: SURROUNDING AREA
36TH & CONNECTICUT: TO 34 & GARRISON
33RD & PATTERSON
UPDATE, 11:20 a.m.
Neosho High School has canceled its senior prom set for tonight. The following statement was posted to the school's Facebook page:
"After talking with emergency personnel, we have been advised to cancel tonight's prom festivities. This decision is not an easy one as we know so much prep and funding can go into prom night, but we feel it's not a fair or responsible decision to host a special event when only a portion of our students can attend. We also don't want to run the risk of students attempting to travel in poor conditions as flooding roads can change so quickly. The prom committee will be working to come up with a plan B as soon as possible and we'll keep you all informed as we have information."
UPDATE, 11:04 a.m.
The Joplin Police Department has closed several roads and road lanes, according to its Twitter account, including:
• Water over the road on the outside lands of Maiden Lane near 20th, 23rd and McCoy.
• Murphy Boulevard has been closed from Main to Fourth Street.
• Fourth and Turk is underwater; Junge and Empire is about to be covered.
• Outside lands along 15th from Illinois to Kansas are covered.
• The area around Second and Schifferdecker is being closed in all directions.
• A flooding emergency was declared by the National Weather Service for parts of eastern Newton County, including Granby, Ritchey and Newtonia. At 9:34 a.m., according to the service, up to 8 inches of rain had already fallen, and Doppler radar indicated heavy rain continuing.
Creeks, streams and low water crossings are especially susceptible to sudden flooding, according to the report.
• The Joplin Police Department has closed two low water bridges because of flooding.
The gates at bridges located at Glendale and Jackson streets in southern Joplin and at Main and Murphy streets in northern Joplin have been closed. According to a Facebook posts, the department asks drivers to be cautious, and to not drive into water covering roadways.
• A fun run set for today at Junge Stadium has been canceled. The 32nd annual Kids Classic Fun Run will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 7.
• The Missouri Department of Transportation reports that many of McDonald County's main roads are blocked with water or debris from rain and high winds. According to a report, MoDOT officals are having trouble navigating these roads to place closures and discourages travel.