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FLOODING UPDATE: Springfield roads mostly clear Monday morning

Mon, 03/14/2016 - 5:39am

The intersection at National Ave & Chestnut Expressway in Springfield was one of the areas most impacted by heavy rains on Sunday, March 13.  Several inches of rain fell in just a few hours causing water to come up over the road and many headaches for drivers.

Several feet of high water rushed around buildings, businesses and a loft. One car even got stuck in the high water.

As of 5:00 on Monday morning the rain had stopped for several hours allowing most of the water to go back down.

Preparing for severe weather like we experienced on Sunday is the purpose of Severe Weather Awareness Week which begins on March 14 in Missouri. Emergency management professionals say the better prepared we are for emergencies means better chances for survival and a quicker recovery after a disaster.

"Have a plan and share that with your family or with your loved ones. A second tip would be build a kit. Have a small kit packed in a backpack or any container that your can quickly grab and take with you. Finally stay informed, have a weather radio so you know if or when weather conditions change," said Chet Hunter, Emergency Management Director for Springfield-Greene County.

As part of Severe Weather Awareness week there will also be a statewide test of tornado sirens. That will occur Tuesday afternoon (March 15) at 1:30pm, weather permitting.

Click here to find out more about Severe Weather Awareness Week in Missouri.

Woman from Marionville killed after pulling into path of train

Mon, 03/14/2016 - 4:27am

A Marionville woman died after her car was hit by a train Sunday night.

The highway patrol says Esther McNutt was crossing the tracks on Lambeth Road west of Billings when the freight train hit her car at 6:30 p.m.

McNutt was 75-years-old.

RAW VIDEO: Flash flooding on Chestnut at Glenstone in Springfield

Sun, 03/13/2016 - 11:23pm

This is video Sunday night from Glenstone Avenue at Chestnut Expressway.  Several inches of rain fell quickly, showing the reason that you should "turn around, don't drown."

VIEWER VIDEO: High water off East Grand in Springfield

Sun, 03/13/2016 - 11:21pm

Juliana Ivanov shared this video from East Grand Street between Oak Grove and Barnes avenues on Sunday evening.  She says several cars had to turn around.  Even a fire truck had to turn around in the high water.

10 p.m. report: Flash flooding in Springfield; 6 inches of rain for some spots

Sun, 03/13/2016 - 11:19pm

KY3's Eric Hilt reports on the flash flooding that sent water into buildings and made travel in parts of Springfield unsafe.

VIEWER VIDEO: Rushing water in Southern Hills neighborhood of Springfield

Sun, 03/13/2016 - 10:45pm

Vanissa Moyer captured this video of rushing water in Southern Hills between Lone Pine and Ingram Mill Road in Springfield.  This is just north of Battlefield Road.  Several inches of rain fell on the east side of the city.

 

High water around the Ozarks

Sun, 03/13/2016 - 10:43pm

Flash flood warning through 7 am

National Weather Service extends Flash Flood Warning for Greene County

Sun, 03/13/2016 - 10:32pm

The National Weather Service issued a Flash Flood Warning for Greene County.

The warning lasts until 7:00 a.m. Monday.  Up to two inches of rain has already fallen in the Springfield area.  Those who live around Jordan Creek and Pierson Creek should be on alert.

Stay tuned to the KY3 Storm Team for further updates.

 

RAW VIDEO: Firefighters rescue driver in flooded parking lot near downtown Springfield

Sun, 03/13/2016 - 9:17pm

Firefighters rescued a driver from flash flooding in the parking lot of a Kum and Go.  That store is located at National and Chestnut.  That area has received several inches of flood water.

MORE VIDEO: Flooding stops traffic at Glenstone and Chesntut

Sun, 03/13/2016 - 8:26pm

Heavy rain led to flash flooding throughout Springfield Sunday night.   This is video from Chestnut and Glenstone.  Cars had nowhere to go in the high water.

VIEWER PHOTOS: Hail in the Springfield area Sunday

Sun, 03/13/2016 - 6:58pm

Check out these viewer submitted snapshots from a Thunderstorm Sunday evening.

SLIDESHOW: KY3's Futurecast Radar maps hour-by-hour thunderstorms for the Ozarks through Sunday night

Sun, 03/13/2016 - 6:53pm

All eyes on the skies Sunday night.   KY3's Futurecast maps hour-by-hour where to expect thunderstorms through Sunday night.  Stay tuned to the KY3 Storm Team for updates through the night.

Homeless march in downtown Springfield

Sun, 03/13/2016 - 5:55pm

Dozens of homeless and their advocates demonstrated in Park Central Square Sunday morning to raise awareness of the homeless issues in Springfield.

"We're trying to get this crisis shelter put together and raise public awareness. we can do this as a city," says Rick Hill, who says he helped organize the demonstration because he wanted homeless people and the various organizations that serve them to come together to show people in the area that the problem needs more attention and resources.

The city says it supports the effort to gain community support for homeless shelters and 'diversion' measures to prevent homelessness.

According to the Mayor's task force on emergency sheltering, there were 533 homeless families in Springfield last year, but only 48 units for emergency overnight family sheltering.

"We make friends with the homeless, they are people just like we are," says Melanie Bolin, a volunteer with 'Gathering Friends for the Homeless'. It's one of the various area charities that try to help feed and clothe the homeless. They know something as simple as a fresh pair of socks can help give a little dignity.

"They're not bad people. They just need the love and the support, if we can give them a house, they can get themselves better," says Bolin.

Although Springfield has several shelters aimed at meeting different needs, many advocates here say more shelter space and affordable housing are needed in Greene County. In fact, the mayor's task force on crisis sheltering in January identified a desperate need for short-term shelter options for families.

"There's so many options available to take care of the least of us, so lets just get it done," says Hill.

The city points to the Mayor's task force on crisis sheltering, the Impacting Poverty Commission, the Zone Blitz, and funding for the 'One Door' program as examples of its efforts to tackle homelessness and poverty.

WATCH: More hail video from Springfield Sunday

Sun, 03/13/2016 - 5:53pm

A strong thunderstorm blew through the Ozarks Sunday evening.  This is video of a hail inside that storm that fell in Springfield.

VIDEO: Hail at KY3 studios

Sun, 03/13/2016 - 5:49pm

KY3's Drew Douglas shot this video of the hail storm that hit at the KY3 studios on West Sunshine Sunday afternoon. 

Caught on Camera: Hail storm in Greene County Sunday

Sun, 03/13/2016 - 5:36pm

A strong thunderstorm rolled through Greene County Sunday night.  This is video of a hail storm at Farm Road 189 and Farm Road 141.

Lottery transfers $26.4 million for education; $239 million this year

Sun, 03/13/2016 - 4:34pm

Missouri education is winning when players take a chance on the Missouri Lottery.

The Lottery Friday transferred $26.4 million in proceeds to public education. This month’s transfer of $26,401,147 is based on February sales, and it brings the total for education to more than $239 million in Fiscal Year 2016.

Programs funded in FY16 include the A+ Scholarship Program, the Foundation Program and Access Missouri, among many others. For complete information about Missouri Lottery proceeds, including maps of proceeds by program and by county, click here.

Since Missouri Lottery sales began in 1986, the Lottery has generated more than $5.3 billion for the state and public education. Annual Lottery proceeds comprise about 4 percent of the state’s funding for public education.

In addition to providing funds for public education, the state collects taxes on prizes of more than $600. During the past fiscal year, the Lottery added $8.7 million in state tax collections from prize winnings to the General Revenue Fund.  

PHOTOS: Marching through central Springfield for the homeless

Sun, 03/13/2016 - 3:57pm

Local people marched through central Springfield to raise awareness of the problems of homelessness and poverty in Springfield Sunday. 

Missouri State Lady Bears win Missouri Valley Tourney championship, return to NCAA Tournament

Sun, 03/13/2016 - 3:56pm

The Lady Bears are back in the 'Big Dance.'

Tyonna Snow led Missouri State (24-9) with 17 points in a 71-58 victory over the Northern Iowa Lady Panthers (22-10) in the Missouri Valley Tournament championship Sunday.  Kenzie Williams added 13 points.  

MSU will find out where they play Monday night when the tournament field is released.  

This is the school's 10th Missouri Valley Tournament championship.   

PHOTOS: NASCAR roars through Phoenix Sunday

Sun, 03/13/2016 - 3:25pm

NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers competed Sunday at the Good Sam 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. )Photos by Chris Trotman/Christian Petersen/Sean Gardner/Getty Images)