Flash flooding hits Monett Times

The Monett Times staff was part of the rescue performed by Monett firefighters during the peak of the April 10 flash flood in downtown Monett.
Because of the flooding, The Times was published on April 10 exclusively on-line.
A band of storms across the Midwest dumped more than 3 inches of rain in a brief period on Southwest Missouri, causing flash flooding that resulted in the closing of many roads and schools.
Responding to warnings from the Monett Police Department, Times staff began putting up flood gates and sandbags before 7 a.m. on April 10. Kelly Creek, which runs behind The Times offices, showed sharp rises during the following hour. Times publisher Lisa Craft, who lives east of Monett, reported high water in fields that drain westward into Monett made flooding more likely than usual.
At 8:30 a.m., water began to back up in storm sewers and flood Broadway. Times staff began moving vehicles to higher ground at that time. In the next 10 minutes, access out of The Times offices was cut off.
Around 9 a.m., firefighters wading through the water secured a series ofropes across Broadway. With firefighters at their sides, Times staffers were walked one at a time across waste deep water to the north side of the street.The same procedure was done on Sept. 25, 1993. One of the firefighters recalled water on that occasion was at chest level, a bit higher than this time.
The Times office remained blocked by water until after 11 a.m.
Water inside the building reached five-and-a-half inches in the newsroom, as shown by a mud line on filing cabinets.
Over the next three hours, the staff pushed out the standing water and mud so operations could resume.
With water on the floor in the pressroom and around high voltage electrical equipment, it became apparent that for the first time in history, it would not be possible to print the paper. Publisher Lisa Craft decided to put the April 10 issue on The Times’ web page. A full account of the flooding was drafted and posted at 9:30 p.m.
—from The Monett Times

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