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MSHP urging safety after recent heavy rain

The Missouri State Highway Patrol is urging people to stay safe along rivers and streams after the recent heavy rain.

Posted: Sep 5, 2018 4:55 PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.)— The Missouri State Highway Patrol is urging people to stay safe along rivers and streams after the recent heavy rain.

According to the National Weather Service, many area creeks and rivers are above flood stage, including the Missouri River in St. Joseph. 

Sergeant Jacob Angle, the Public Information and Education Officer for Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop H, is urging people to stay safe if you are going to be on or near waterways.

"Let somebody know where you are going to be, what's going on," Angle said. "And make sure you have all of that equipment on the boat, or even if you are on the bank near the water, that you need that could potentially save your life."

The Missouri State Water Patrol requires one personal flotation device (PFD) for each person on vessels less than 16 feet in length and on any length canoe or kayak.

Angle said that if you do run into a dangerous situation on the water to call 9-1-1 immediately. 

With more rain in the forecast this week, water levels on area rivers and creeks are expected to remain high.

A Flood Warning remains in effect for the Missouri River in St. Joseph until Monday morning. 

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A cold front is currently moving through our area this morning dropping temperatures into the lower 40s and upper 30s. Today will be a cool day with highs in the upper 40s and lower 50s with increasing clouds. Temperatures will fall into the lower 30s tonight. We could see a few areas of light rain and drizzle this evening, but precipitation chances will start to increase overnight into tomorrow morning. With the sub freezing temperatures, precipitation will transition from light rain and drizzle in the evening to snow overnight into Tuesday morning. Snowfall will continue through the morning hours on Tuesday before transitioning to a rain/snow mix while it exits the area. Most areas will see around 1-3 inches. Accumulations will stay mainly on grassy and elevated surfaces, but expect slushy road conditions Tuesday morning. Conditions will slowly start to improve for the rest of the work week with sunshine returning and temperatures slowly warming. Rain chances will return for the end of the work week.
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