Christian County residents saw between two to four inches of rain fall in a span of about 24 hours on Jan. 10-11, according to the National Weather Service in Springfield.

The rain caused flash flooding, and an added drop in temperatures led to freezing drizzle, making roads slick. The Ozark Department of Public Works was forced to close several streets along the Finley River due to flash flooding.

The Missouri State Emergency Management Agency warns drivers to avoid attempting to drive on a flooded street, road or highway at all costs. Between 2015 and 2018, 23 of the 27 people who drowned in flooding events were in vehicles at the times of their deaths.

The State Emergency Management Agency warns drivers to obey all barricades and signs warning of high water, but not to rely on the signs in a flash flooding event. Be alert for high water, slow down during heavy rains, and if in doubt, turn around.

It takes less than a foot of moving water to sweep a vehicle off of the road. Smaller cars can float on less than six inches of moving water.

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