Heavy rainfall prompts flash flood warnings

(WGEM) — A flooding threat is developing across the Tri-States as a stalled out front sits over the area.

Flash flood warnings in Monroe and Ralls County went into effect early Thursday morning and Flash Flood Watches are in place for a large chunk of the Tri-State area.

Conditions are expected to worsen over the weekend with the remnants of tropical cyclone Gordon approach the area.

"Expect rain, heavy at times, to continue through the first part of today," said WGEM Meteorologist Jeremy Ledford. "We will see some decrease in the rain later today, but more rain expected to develop late tonight into the early morning Friday through Saturday evening before clearing out Sunday."

A couple of inches of rain have already fallen across the Tri-States and several more inches of rain are expected. 

"Storm total 3 to 6 inches of rain expected through Sunday morning with locally higher amounts possible," Ledford added. "This heavy rainfall will result in flooding of low lying areas with flash flooding on smaller creeks and streams. Significant rises on larger streams and rivers are also possible during this time."

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