The weather left two people swimming yesterday as the skies dumped several inches of rain on the Four States.

Burton reported no city street closings were necessary due to the rainfall.

The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department reported that at 4:41 p.m. Thursday officers responded to a report of a vehicle being washed off the road on Old Highway 96 east of the Spring River bridge. According to Undersheriff Terry Clugston a 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix driven by Stephanie Andersen of Columbus hydroplaned and slid of the roadway. Both Andersen and a passenger were able to safely exit the vehicle before a portion of it became submerged under rising water. Clugston also reported that Galena firefighters and Galena Ambulance Service personnel also responded to the incident.

According to Columbus City Superintendent Jim Burton the city received 5.08 inches of rain during the past 24 hours. Burton reported that the city received 3.50 inches of rain between 6:30 a.m. and 4 p.m yesterday and an additional 1.58 inches from 4 p.m. until 6:30 a.m. today.

Leonard Vanatta, Cherokee County Road Supervisor, reported that a number of county roads are closed today due to high water including those around Lightning, Brush, Cherry, and Fly creeks. At 9 a.m. today water was rising in the Neosho River but it was thought that it was still within its banks. No rain is in the immediate forecast for today.