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Storms swamp roads, highways; 1 district dismisses classes early

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Torrential rains from severe thunderstorms created floodwaters in the Warrensburg area. Some area school districts faced transportation challenges.

Running water from Post Oak Creek led to the Missouri Highway Patrol closing eastbound Highway 50 for most of Thursday morning. The road, which saw up to 3 feet of water on it, reopened at 11 a.m. Many drivers were detoured north to Interstate 70.

Three firefighters caught up in the high waters were rescued.

The Crest Ridge R-7 school district sent students and faculty home at 11:30 a.m. due to road conditions.

The Crest Ridge High School hosted children who became stranded when two buses couldn't make it to Warrensburg because of the high water.

Crest Ridge Superintendent Julie Dill said student and driver safety was of the utmost importance on Thursday.

"We struggled this morning getting the kids here," she said. "Our goal is to get them home safely. Our buses cannot travel on a road that has water on it so it's very important to get them home safely."

Side roads remain problematic. With more rain arriving Thursday, residents remain on guard and some have boats at the ready.

"It's been about 60 years since it was like this," said Bob Bird, who lives near Post Oak Creek. "This is about the worst it's flooded over the highway like it did today."

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