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Nixon Declares Emergency Following Deadly Flash Flooding in South-Central Missouri

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(photo credit: Waynesville Pulaski County MO Flood Emergency's Facebook page)

(photo credit: Waynesville Pulaski County MO Flood Emergency’s Facebook page)

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Update: The City of Waynesville has ordered a mandatory evacuation of residents for parts of the small town near Fort Leonard Wood that flooded over night after ten inches of rain fell in a matter of hours.

Two to 3 more inches of rain are expected to fall today/tonight and water levels yet to rise.

Residents can expect to return home at 5:00 p.m., August 7. 2013.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMOX) — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has declared a state of emergency after heavy rain led to flash flooding and at least one fatality in Pulaski County.

Nixon made the declaration Tuesday morning. He spoke with emergency responders in Pulaski County and Waynesville assuring assistance for the region.

“We have moved resources into the region to assist local authorities, but it is extremely important for the public in affected areas to pay close attention to weather conditions,” said Nixon.

National Weather Service hydrologist Mark Fuchs says an unstable weather pattern is expected to continue for at least the next week or so, potentially causing more rivers and creeks to rise above their banks.

Much of southern Missouri is under flood or flash flood watches or warnings, as of Tuesday.

MISSOURI STATE HIGHWAY PATROL

The Missouri State Highway Patrol has deployed additional marine operations troopers, and a rescue helicopter to the region.

Also two military units at Fort Leonard Wood Missouri are on standby.

“We have one unit that has nine boats with crews that can assist with search and rescue,” said Tiffany Wood, Public Affairs Officer for the base.

CHILD DROWNS

A 4-year-old boy was killed and dozens of people had to leave their homes after flash flooding hit south-central Missouri Monday evening.

Pulaski County Sheriff Ron Long says the boy’s body was found early Tuesday near Mitchell Creek on the west side of Waynesville. Rescuers are looking for additional missing people, but Long did not say how many are missing.

Local officials estimate 50 or more homes were flooded in Waynesville after the Mitchell and Robidoux creeks rose rapidly. Several inches of rain fell in the area since midnight.
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