Rising waters lead to evacuations in Lincoln County

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WINFIELD, MO (KTVI) - Torrential rains led to dangerous flash flooding and water rescues in Lincoln County Thursday night into Friday morning. Many of those rescues happened in and around Winfield.

The most severe flash flooding happened on Highway 79, just south of Winfield.

Cars, businesses, and at least one home, were swamped by the rising water.

Authorities tell us the water came up incredibly quickly. The flooding in that area was primarily from nearby Bob’s Creek being out of its banks and the Mclean Levee being overtopped.

There were 31 water rescues in Lincoln County between 6 p.m. Thursday and 4:30 a.m. Friday, according to Lincoln County emergency responders. Many of those rescues happened in the Winfield area. People had to be rescued from their cars and homes as the water rose quickly.

No injuries were reported.

The force of the floodwaters also washed away areas underneath some railroad tracks. Some people were forced into shelters overnight, including 25 people at Winfield Intermediate School.

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