Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Flash Floods Kill Three in Missouri 9 Inches of Rain Soaks Southern Part of State

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Flash Floods Kill Three in Missouri 9 Inches of Rain Soaks Southern Part of State

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Flash flooding in Missouri killed three people in southern Missouri Sunday as sudden, heavy rains closed highways, washed out bridges and stranded motorists, hunters, hikers and campers.

Many were lured outdoors by Saturday's balmy temperatures, only to be drenched by torrential rain that fell through the night and much of the day Sunday. Most of the worst flooding happened in southern and southeastern Missouri, which got up to 9 inches of rain overnight.

In St. Louis, 2.3 inches of rain fell at Lambert Field. Authorities reported no injuries due to flooding here.

The threat of rising water elsewhere in Missouri continues today as several rivers, including parts of the Gasconade, St. Francis and the Big Piney rivers could crest several feet over flood stage.

The heavy rains were blamed for the deaths of Jessica Carpenter and April Warwick, both 18, of Rogersville in southwestern Missouri. They drowned early Sunday when high water swept their car off a bridge over a small creek in Christian County, southeast of Springfield.

Dallas Landers, 60, of Patterson also drowned Sunday morning when he tried to drive across a rain-swollen creek in Wayne County in southeast Missouri, the Missouri Highway Patrol said. Landers was swept downstream and pronounced dead at the scene.

Rescuers plan to resume searching today for a man swept away Sunday by the rain-swollen Castor River about 125 miles southwest of St. Louis.

Authorities in Madison and Bollinger counties have yet to identify the man, who was last seen Sunday morning clinging to a property fence along the river about 35 miles west of Cape Girardeau. Witnesses said the man lost hold of the fence and disappeared under the fast-moving river.

Rescuers launched a bass boat to try to save him, but the powerful current forced them back to shore.

"We were about to capsize," said Bollinger County Sheriff Daniel Mesey. …

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