- Associated Press - Monday, May 18, 2015

MOSBY, Mo. (AP) - Most of the residents of the northwestern Missouri town of Mosby are back home after a sudden flood caused by heavy rain.

The National Weather Service reported that areas near Kansas City received up to 6 inches of rain late Saturday and early Sunday, causing flooding along portions of some rivers, including the Missouri and the Grand.

But the worst of it appeared to be at Mosby, a town of about 190 residents that sits along the Fishing River, about 20 miles northeast of Kansas City. Clay County public information officer Nicole Brown said Monday that most residents voluntarily evacuated, but most have since returned home.

“It’s starting to return to normal,” Brown said.

Nearly three dozen homes took on water, with 12 badly damaged, Brown said. Water was waist high in some homes, authorities said.

No one was hurt, but water came up so fast that four people had to be rescued from their homes by the Missouri State Highway Patrol. About three quarters of the town’s residents voluntarily evacuated by the height of flooding, Brown said.

Gov. Jay Nixon was scheduled to visit the Clay County town Monday to view the damage.

Officials have not yet determined the financial value of the damage.

Duane Hallock, a Red Cross spokesman, said the organization provided food and lodging to only one family of two adults and two children after the floodwaters rose. He said the other displaced residents had places to stay.

“The floods came and went fairly quickly so now it’s mostly a cleanup effort there,” he said Monday, adding that the organization is providing supplies including mops, buckets and rakes.

Hallock said the Red Cross will send an assessment team to evaluate the damage.

The Fishing River was just below flood stage of 18 feet on Saturday afternoon before rising nearly 13 feet to 31.1 feet by 11 a.m. Sunday, according to the National Weather Service. It had fallen back to 18.7 feet by Monday morning.

Brown said the amount of rain was simply more than the river banks could hold.

“It’s been a pretty rainy spring off and on, and that runoff causes flooding,” Brown said.

The rain was part of a strong storm system that swept across the plains, spawning at least one tornado. Mild to moderate flooding was reported near Chillicothe, Richmond and Ulrich.

The weather service said it could confirm damage in four different areas from tornadoes during the weekend.

The strongest of the four was an EF-2 tornado that hit in the area of Sibley and Orrick. No injuries were reported.


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