- Associated Press - Sunday, May 17, 2015

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Residents of a western Missouri town were evacuated Sunday after a spring storm swept across the state, bringing heavy rain and spawning at least one tornado.

About 35 homes took on water after the Fishing River overran its banks in Mosby, a town of about 190 residents located about 20 miles northeast of Kansas City, Clay County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Will Akin said. Voluntary evacuations began around 7 a.m. Sunday, with half to two-thirds of the residents choosing to leave.

Water was up to waist-high in some homes, and Akin said rescue crews used a boat to pluck a family of six from their flooded home. No one was hurt, Akin said.

The floodwaters crested around 11 a.m. Sunday and quickly began receding, allowing roads to begin reopening. At the peak of the flooding, northbound lanes of U.S. 69 and several surrounding roads were closed, Akin said.

Western Missouri received from half an inch to 6 inches of rain late Saturday and early Sunday, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Pamela Murray. She said stretches of several other waterways, including the Missouri and Grand, also were seeing minor flooding.

A tornado touched down Saturday near the town of Sibley, which is located about 20 miles east of Kansas City. A National Weather Service crew went to the area Sunday to evaluate damage that included a destroyed camper, Murray said.

She said a crew also was trying to determine whether a tornado was responsible for toppled trees Saturday near Clinton, about 65 miles southeast of Kansas City.

In the southeast Missouri town of Hayti, there was a National Weather Service report that one person died Friday afternoon when a tree was struck by lighting and fell onto a vehicle. The Hayti Police Department didn’t immediately return a phone call Sunday from The Associated Press seeking more information.


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