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Excelsior Springs cancels Waterfest due to overnight flooding

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Posted at 5:39 AM, Jun 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-25 19:49:32-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — UPDATE, 6:47 p.m. | The Elms Hotel and Spa announced Friday night on Facebook that its hotel is now fully operational, "with the exception of certain areas of the spa and the lap pool."

11:30 a.m. | This weekend's Waterfest in Excelsior Springs has been canceled due to flooding concerns in the area, event organizers announced Friday morning:

10:45 a.m. | The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports U.S. Highway 36 remains closed in both directions due to ongoing flooding.

9:18 a.m. | Flooding canceled Excelsior Springs' plan to host Water Fest for the weekend.

9:12 a.m. | Water is already starting to recede in some places, but more rain is on the way.

8:56 a.m. | 41 Action News has a crew in Excelsior Springs, where the Fishing River is out of its banks.

7:49 a.m. | Areas closer to Kansas City are also flooding.

Portions of Excelsior Springs are experiencing very high water and one user sent 41 Action News a video of a portion of the Elms Hotel parking lot under water.

ORIGINAL STORY | Storms that moved through western Missouri and eastern Kansas overnight caused severe flash flooding in the north.

Some areas experienced 6 to 10 inches of rain, particularly north of St. Joseph.

A portion of Interstate 29 from mile marker 84 to mile marker 92 was closed due to flooding, according to the Missouri Department of Transportation.

Some residents of Amazonia, Missouri, were forced to evacuate as homes began to fill with water overnight.

Anyone who resides in the area or has plans to travel through the area should use caution.

Do not drive into high water.

Another round of potentially severe storms is expected to pass through Friday afternoon. More widespread flash flooding is possible.