Elk River Causing Concerns in Southwest Missouri

7 years 9 months 3 weeks ago Tuesday, April 26 2011 Apr 26, 2011 Tuesday, April 26, 2011 5:25:55 AM CDT April 26, 2011 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Posted by Allie Spillyards

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.

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