by: Scott McCaulley
With the heavy rain that has fallen in the region over the past two days and more in the forecast for Wednesday and Thursday, the National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch for the Branson Lakes Region.
In a statement issued by the NWS Tuesday, it expects that an axis of moderate to heavy rainfall will lift into southwest
Missouri by Wednesday afternoon. Additional rainfall between 1-3 inches is anticipated between then and Thursday evening.
The statement says portions of south-central Missouri and the eastern Ozarks are most susceptible to flood impacts.
The Lakes Region Counties in Missouri are included including Barry, Stone, Taney, and Ozark which does include the immediate Branson area. The watch also includes the metro Springfield area of Greene and Christian Counties with Douglas and Lawrence also included in the watch area. Some boarder counties in Northwest Arkansas have been added to the watch area including Carroll.