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OSAWATOMIE – Residents in low-lying areas along the Marais des Cygnes River in Miami and Linn counties can expect flooding into the weekend.

The National Weather Service at Pleasant Hill, Mo., has issued a flood warning for the Marais des Cygnes River at Osawatomie and at La Cygne until Saturday evening.

At 7:15 a.m. Tuesday, May 21, the river had reached 30.8 feet at Osawatomie, topping flood stage of 28 feet. The river is expected to crest near 39 feet by Wednesday morning, according to NWS.

The NWS said flooding is already occurring in low-lying areas and is forecast to continue into Saturday evening.

The Osawatomie Volunteer Fire Department said on its Facebook page residents should expect flooding in all the normal areas and to take precautions. The Miami County Sheriff’s Office also warned of the potential for heavy storms on Tuesday, May 21.

The fire department urges residents not to drive through water on roadways.

Volatile conditions are possible with these heavy rainstorms, according to NWS.

If conditions warrant opening the storm shelter in Osawatomie, the fire department said it will post information on its Facebook page and the city of Osawatomie's Facebook page.

News Editor Doug Carder can be reached at (913) 294-2311 or doug.carder@miconews.com.

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