News To Know (07/19/2021)

Atlanta, Ga- New covid-19 cases have spiked almost 70 percent in the U.S. over the past week, while 8 states are seeing rapidly rising infections. A new CBS news poll shows that a majority of Americans are worried about the more contagious Delta Variant.  It’s the fully vaccinated who are more concerned than the unvaccinated.

Joplin, Mo- Authorities say they’ve identified a body found Friday, July 16, evening in Shoal Creek in Joplin. The Joplin Police Department says it was 46-year-old, Brandon Vickers, of Joplin, Missouri. Saturday rescue crews from Joplin, Neosho and Redings Mill recover Vickers body from Shoal Creek near McIndoe Park after kayakers spotted the body around 5:30 Friday evening. Officials say detectives are conducting an active death investigation.

Oswego, Ks- 4-State summer rains can sometimes result in flooded parks, and that was certainly the case for our friends in Oswego, Kansas over the weekend.  The situation at Danny Elliot Park, but that didn’t keep a handful of people from coming down and checking out the watery scene. One park visitor who brought his son to see the water in their usual play area , he tells KOAM that he estimates, the Danny Elliot Park floods like this two or three times per summer.

Neosho, Mo- The City of Neosho announced Sunday, July 18 that there will be two road closures in town starting today. Hill Street will be closed to all traffic from Neosho Boulevard to Oak Ridge Drive. This is to allow work to be done to realign the street for the new construction of the Neosho school district’s performing arts center. Sherman Street will also be closed from Oak Ridge Drive to Highland Place, it will be open only to residents. These streets will be closed until further notice.


Seneca residents evacuated after Lost Creek floods

SENECA Mo. — Residents in Seneca are displaced after heavy rains caused Lost Creek to flood.

The Police Chief says flooding north of Lost Creek damaged multiple homes and businesses.

Around 7a.m. Saturday morning The Seneca Police Department, Seneca City Fire Department, Seneca District Fire Department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol went door to door telling residents to evacuate.

Seneca authorities closed parts of Highway 43 from Lost Creek bridge for nearly two hours.

The Police Chief says everyone needs to stay away from flooded roadways.

“They just need use some common sense. Many times we had a few today, people just think the water is four to six inches deep. We’ll we’ve had some asphalt wash away and we’ve had some chips in roads or buckle and wash away due to the heavy current. Just because you think its two or three inches doesn’t mean its not two or three feet,” said Chief James Altic.

Chief Altic says right now they do not know how many businesses or homes were damaged from the flooding.

Authorities set up a shelter for the evacuees at Seneca Christian Church at Bethel and U highway because they are out of the flood zone.

He says there have been no water rescues or injuries are reported.


Heavy rain and flooding caused issues for Joplin drivers

JOPLIN Mo. — Saturday morning’s heavy rain and flooding caused issues for drivers in Joplin.

A witness says a vehicle hydroplaned off east 32nd street and State Highway FF just after 7:30a.m. Saturday morning.

The driver climbed through the sunroof and a passerby used a ladder that was inside their car to reach the driver inside the submerged vehicle.

Meanwhile a Joplin road was closed after it was covered in water.

This morning Murphy Blvd. between 4th and main was closed to traffic.

With more rain expected the Joplin Police Department is warning drivers to be safe on the roadways.

They are asking drivers to avoid traveling on water covered roads and to turn around don’t drown.


Viewers submit photos of area flooding

Local residents share their flood photos with KOAM News. You can submit yours below.

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Roaring River State Park evacuates due to flooding

BARRY COUNTY, Mo. – Roaring State River Park shares video of major flooding as more rain is expected in southwest Missouri.

According to its social media page, they have evacuated campground and water is over the 112 bridge. They shared video from campground 1 shortly after 10:00 a.m. this morning, April 28, 2021.

There are a few roads in Barry County, Missouri that are closed due to flooding. You can find a road conditions map for the state here.

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