Kelly Creek in downtown Monett rose to four feet in height for most of Monday, around three feet below flood stage. The view above shows the creek at mid-afternoon on Monday along the former Jumping-Jacks building between Fourth and Fifth streets. According to a weather recorder in Monett, 1.1 inches of rain between 7:45 a. m. and 10:35 a. m. on Monday, bringing the total to seven inches since Friday afternoon. More rain is expected Monday evening and Wednesday after a respite on Tuesday. [Times Photo by Murray Bishoff]]
Severe weather was in Monett's outlook for much of the weekend. The severe storm that moved through town triggering tornado sirens on Friday evening and reports of golf ball sized hail south of town. Bob Lombard reported residents around Wheaton took photos of a funnel cloud in the air but no touchdown or damage was reported.
Steady rain through much of Sunday afternoon had raised Kelly Creek to a height of two feet by 8:30 p.m., well below flood stage, though water under the Highway 37 bridge was near flood stage at 3 a.m. on Monday.
Several downtown Monett businesses put sandbags in place as a precaution.