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Flooding Concerns Continue from the Plains to the Northeast

2 May 2017, 9:47 am

A State of Emergency continues in Missouri and Arkansas from widespread flooding this weekend. Thunderstorms produced nearly a foot of rain in some areas. Hundreds of roads are closed as water has washed out some highways and bridges.

Waynesville, Mo

Posted by Brantley Joshua on Sunday, April 30, 2017

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Flooding reports were extensive from this weekend. Dozens of rivers are above flood stage and are seeing major flooding. Water contamination is a concern in St. Louis County and residents have been asked to conserve water use.

The US Army Corps of Engineers opened the spillway on Table Rock Lake in southwestern Missouri near Branson on Sunday to protect the Table Rock Dam, risking more flooding downstream after heavy rains over the weekend. Ten gates were opened to three feet, spilling out nearly 39,000 cubic feet per second of water.  The Table Rock Dam controls the flow of water from Table Rock Lake to Lake Taneycomo.

Turkey Creek and Lake Taneycomo Flooding. 4/30/17 KY3 StormTeam KOLR10 & Ozarks Local News Branson Tri-Lakes News KY3 The Weather Channel

Posted by Chopper Charter Branson LLC on Sunday, April 30, 2017

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Flash Flood Watches and Warnings continue throughout the region as more storms are in the forecast later tonight into early Thursday. Rainfall totals in the heaviest thunderstorms could exceed 3″, which could produce additional flooding.

Flooding concerns also exist in the Northeast. The threat for heavy rain and melting snow in Northern Maine has prompted a Flood Watch into this evening. Up to an inch of rain is possible.

In New York, flooding will increase along the eastern shore of Lake Ontario and the Thousand Islands region of the St. Lawrence River due to high lake levels and increased wave action. Flooding is most likely in low lying and flood prone areas along the immediate lakeshore and in bays and inlets. Island and shoreline flooding is also possible. Wave action will result in increase beach erosion.

Stay tuned to WeatherNation for updates on the flooding situation. We will have updates on-air and online at WeatherNationTV.com.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Mace Michaels

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