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Heavy Rain Leads To Flooding, Floating Cows Around Maryville

The National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill, Missouri, issued a Flash Flood Warning for counties in northwest and north-central Missouri Thursday morning after a string of severe storms dumped up to a foot of rain in the area, starting Wednesday night. 

The heaviest flooding seemed to be focused around Maryville. There were reports from the Nodaway County Sheriff's Office of cows floating across highways east of Maryville.

"There have been numerous road closures, we have heard of one water rescue, there have been reports of  floating cows, floating livestock up by the Maryville area," said Scott Watson senior service hydrologist with the Kansas City National Weather Service.

Road closures include 136 Highway east of Maryville.

Watson urged those in the area to be careful when driving and avoid driving across flooded roads. 

"A lot of the deaths that occur in flooding are in vehicles," Watson said. "You want to turn around and find a different route if you come across a road that's flooded."

In some cases, he said, flooding can cause roads to crumble beneath the water leaving large holes. 

More severe weather is expected to pass through the region Thursday. 

Katie Bernard is KCUR's morning news intern. 

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