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UNION, MO (KTVI)-- Four to five inches of heavy rain fell in some parts of Franklin County, Missouri early Wednesday morning, leading to a Flash Flood Warning for much of the day.

By evening, most creeks were back in their banks, and damage from the storm was very limited and not serious, but at the Franklin County Fairgrounds, where the fair begins Thursday afternoon, the rain left something messy behind.

"We have some mud, a little bit of mud, a lot of mud," said Eric Schmuke, Franklin County Fair Chairman.

Not far from the fairgrounds, a utility pole fell on a tree sending a big branch down onto a house. The damage does not appear to be serious and by late morning Ameren crews were already on the scene putting up a new pole.

No one was home because no one lives here. The house is for sale.

Near Krakow, Missouri, at noon Wednesday water was still covering St. John`s Creek Road, flowing fast and receding slowly.

As it happens, all that mud is not completely unwelcome at the fairgrounds. The event features a pig scramble, for which mud is actually brought into the fair.

"It`s in the mud, so we are going to be throwing more water out there anyway," Schmuke said. "We`ll just use less water tomorrow night."

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