Many people in the area are dealing with flooding
today from the heavy rain.
News 8's Madalyn O'Neill is here with a look at one
of the hardest hit areas.
Parts of Vernon County saw as much as 6 inches of
which led to flooding that closed down a number of
And just three days into the school year .
fear of students safely making it to class forced
Kickapoo Area schools in Viola to shut down for the
Officials say they're used to flooding in the area
but it still takes its toll.
This park would usually be a prime location for kids
on a day off from school.
In this instance we had areas of our district with
6 inches of rain.
But not in this weather .
which made administrators close school doors in the
It's not really the way it's planned.
everybodys excited to come back and you have three
days of school and you have to cancel, but safety
kind of trumps.
Heavy rain brings high water .
that leads to closed roads .
which means the Kickapoo area schools had to take
their first flood day in years.
Being a big rural district and spread out pretty wide
they've been cut off from a lot of their paths to
get kids in and out.
school buses arent allowed to drive in water or through
a closed road.
Officials closed side roads throughout Vernon County.
They'd run out of road closed signs beffore they got
They had to make a 2nd trip.
But for Jeff Liska .
none of this is new.
This is kind of an annual event actually.
And it's no where near as bad as flooding that left
its mark in 2008 ...
Where i'm sitting right now I would be up to here
But this flooding .
though now expected .
still carries its issues to shore.
We're going to have to work next few days to get people
to their driveways.
It can make some wonder .
does the cycle of flooding and cleanup ever end?
*laughs* we're used to it as long as it doesnt get
any worse than this it's not that big of a deal.
In Viola, MO, N8
The fire chief told me they'll be working to cleanup
any flooding damage before their Horse and Colt show
coming up in a little over two weeks .
which brings the town's population of 700 up to as
high as 15 thousand.
He's confident they'll be ready to go.
Unless they get even more rain .
the Kickapoo Area school district's superintendent
says kids will be back in class tomorrow.
Flooding also hit parts of Richland County hard.
Jessica sent us this picture from Yuba .
of flooding there this morning.
And Dawn sent us this photo from the unincorporated
town of Hub City .
off of Highway 80.