More rain poses an additional flooding threat.
The National Weather Service (NWS) in Springfield has issued a flood watcheffective until Wednesday night and a flood warning effective through Thursday due to more rain in the region's forecast.
According to the forecast from NWS Pulaski County could is in an area that can see from two to four more inches of rain.
"Water levels may rise again on area streams, rivers, and low water crossings," NWS warned in a situation report issued early Tuesday morning.
The predicted rainfall is less than what the area saw over the weekend that has caused widespread flooding, taking one life, and destroying the community of Devils Elbow, but NWS warns "any additional rain could lead to new flash flooding concerns given extreme soil saturation."
The good news is, for the region, that rain is out of the forecast by Friday giving the soil a chance to dry out.
Once things begin to dry out and flood waters recede, residents are being cautioned by various agencies to be careful about clean-up and to take precautions.
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (MDHSS) urges anyone who will be cleaning up after flood waters to make sure they have had a booster dose of tetanus-diphtheria (Td) vaccine within the past 10 years.
MDHSS also lists the following risks associated with flood waters:
· Flood water can contain raw sewage and pose other risks, including infectious diseases, hazardous chemical exposure, and debris that can cause injuries.
· Direct contact with flood water can cause skin rashes, infect cuts or wounds, or cause stomach illnesses including vomiting and diarrhea.
· Downed or broken power lines in flood water pose an electrocution hazard.
· Sharp objects and debris, such as glass or metal objects, may be lurking in flood water.
· Animals, insects, snakes and other reptiles that have been displaced due to flooding may be submerged or hiding in debris in or near flood waters.
"If you have been exposed to flood waters it can make you sick. Be sure to remove clothing exposed to flood water as quickly as possible. Wash your hands and any skin exposed to flood waters with clean soap and water. Monitor any cuts, scrapes or wounds for redness, swelling or drainage. Seek medical attention if any of these symptoms develop," MDHSS warns.
The University of Missouri Extension cautions homeowners to let homes dry completely before installing new floor coverings to prevent mildew and dry rot.