Big Buffalo Creek flooding on Hwy WW in Benton County; more flood risk possible with rain next week

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BENTON COUNTY, Mo. (KY3) – Flooding is hitting some communities around the Ozarks after heavy rains Friday evening through Saturday morning.

In Benton County, residents noticed heavy flooding Saturday on the WW Highway near Lincoln, Missouri. KY3 viewer Christie Ross shared a photo of Big Buffalo Creek flooding over the highway. Tree branches and other debris also block part of the highway amid flooding.

Several counties closer to the Kansas City area had flood warnings on Saturday morning. Flood warnings remain in effect for Cass, Cedar, Henry and Johnson counties through Saturday evening.

Drivers are encouraged to exercise caution if they notice flash flooding on the roads and to avoid driving through flooded areas.

Flood hazard around the Ozarks region could extend through the end of next week. A volatile pattern of rain and severe weather sets in for the work week. The first batch arrives on Monday and the system could include heavy rain, large hail and damaging winds.

Rain is possible every day of the working week. On Friday, parts of the Ozarks region could see up to four inches of rain. This will pose a flood problem if the forecast holds.

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