Kelly Creek rose steadily throughout the afternoon, jumping to six feet around 5 p.m. Fire Chief Tom Jones summoned firefighters to gather at Thirteenth and East Broadway to stand by for flood duty.
City street department crews moved their heavy equipment from the street barn at Sixth and Front streets to Bond Street. Firemen notified residents of the Marshall Trailer Park of the likelihood of flooding. According to Lieutenant Danny Fowler, all the occupants headed out, some with supplies.
The rain continued lightly for the next two hours and the creek held its height, carrying numerous branches and logs through town. Water covered two-thirds of the storm drains that empty into the channel, backfilling the storm sewer to a height of one foot below the street level.
Around 6:30 p.m., firefighters discovered a major spill of chicken parts on Highway 60 between Chapell Drive and Bridle Lane. Jones deployed firemen to redirect traffic and called for a street department backhoe to clear up the debris. Shortly before that, one truck diverted toward Aurora to help with a water rescue.
After 7:30 p.m., the rain stopped and the sky began to lighten. By 8 p.m. the creek had dropped six inches, below the storm water main. Firefighters returned to their stations shortly before 9 p.m. without having to block any streets or respond to flooding.
The difference on the night, Jones speculated, was water from the north. Storm water draining down Roosevelt from the high school and joining Kelly Creek at Ninth Street stayed surprisingly low. Jones said the balance was just enough to avoid another flood. Monett already has floods of record during April in 1912, 1941, 1945, 1981 and 2008.