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Flash flooding worsens in Missouri, kills driver


Updated: August 8, 2013 11:27AM

ST. LOUIS — A southwest Missouri woman died after another round of torrential downpours caused flash flooding that swept away her car, authorities said Thursday.

McDonald County emergency management director Greg Sweeten said the woman died early Thursday when water from normally dry Brush Creek suddenly overwhelmed Route 90 near the town of Jane, Mo., flooding the road up to 6 feet deep.

The victim’s name has not been released.

National Weather Service meteorologist Drew Albert said parts of southwest Missouri got 10 inches of rain overnight. McDonald County in the far southwest corner of the state was inundated with rain that seemingly came all at once.

“Early this morning it just unleashed,” Sweeten said.

Fifteen people camping on an island on the Elk River near Noel had to be rescued. In fact, the county boat rescuing them broke down, and the rescuers themselves had to be saved by a boat from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Sweeten said. Two women were rescued from their homes in Powell, Mo.

The town of Hollister was also hard hit, with about 100 buildings damaged when Turkey Creek came up suddenly, said Melissa Duckworth, assistant emergency management director in Taney County. More than two dozen people had to be rescued from homes, mostly mobile homes, in Hollister, which is near Branson. Another 50 or so were evacuated, and several trucks parked at a strip mall were washed down the creek.

In south-central Missouri, the town of Waynesville continued to clean up after even more rain fell overnight. Albert said parts of south-central Missouri received 15 inches of rain in a 48-hour period.

The worst isn’t over: More rain, potentially heavy, is in the forecast for southern Missouri into the weekend.

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