COLUMBIA — A flash flood warning was issued for six counties Saturday afternoon, including Boone County, by the National Weather Service following storms.
Cole, Audrain, Callaway, Osage and Moniteau counties were also under the warning. It was set to expire at 9:45 p.m.
Two to 3 inches of rain had already fallen across the counties between late Friday night and Saturday afternoon, according to a bulletin from the National Weather Service. Up to 2 additional inches could fall through Saturday evening.
More than 20 roads were closed Saturday afternoon in Boone County because of flooding, according to the Boone County Office of Emergency Management’s website.
This article was updated at 5:30 p.m. to include that Gov. Eric Greitens declared a state of emergency.
The weather service urged motorists to avoid driving through flooded roadways.
Gov. Eric Greitens declared a state of emergency on Saturday evening in an executive order. The State Emergency Management Agency, Missouri State Highway Patrol, Missouri National Guard, and Missouri’s Task Force 1 Rescue Unit were deployed to assist in relief efforts, Greitens said in a news release.
There had been 93 evacuations and 33 rescues throughout the state by Saturday evening, Greitens said the release.
Heavy rain is expected to continue through Sunday, and a flash flood watch is in effect until Monday morning. Rainfall totals could reach 3 to 5 inches, according to the weather service.