Elk River Causing Concerns in Southwest Missouri
NOEL (AP) - The National Weather Service says flooding along the Elk River in southwest Missouri could cause some of the worst flooding in 70 years in McDonald County.
Noel City Marshal Jacob Boles says the Elk River was rising by about a foot an hour late Monday. Boles says several people are already staying at shelters in Noel.
The National Weather Service is forecasting a crest of 26 feet for the Elk River near Tiff City later this week. That would be 11 feet above flood stage. The Joplin Globe reports that the U.S. Geological Survey says the worst flooding on the river occurred in 1941, at 28.4 feet.
The Tyson Foods plant near Noel closed Monday because flooded roads prevented workers from getting to the plant.