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Weather Service issues warning, watch

The National Weather Service has issued a river flood warning and a flash flood watch for LeFlore County.

The river flood warning is for the Poteau River near Panama. It is in effect from Tuesday at 4 a.m. until Wednesday at 3:50 p.m. Early Monday afternoon, the stage was at 21.3 feet. The flood stage is 29.0 feet.

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Minor flooding is forecast. The river is expected to rise above the flood stage Monday night to a crest of 30.8 feet early Tuesday afternoon. It will fall below flood stage late Wednesday morning. Minor agricultural flooding is expected with Williams Road east of Panama flooded.

The flash flood watch is in effect from Monday at 7 p.m. through Thursday morning. Several rounds of showers and thunderstorms with heavy rainfall will occur through Thursday morning. Widespread rainfall totals of three to five inches are likely along and south of I-40 with local totals up to eight inches possible through Thursday.

Due to the recent heavy rain, the potential for rapid onset flash flooding will exist.

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