ST. LOUIS (AP) __ One person is dead after being swept off a low-water bridge in southwest Missouri, and flood warnings continued throughout much of central and eastern Missouri on Sunday. The National Weather Service warned that more heavy rain could bring additional flash flooding.

The Mississippi River is expected to crest at nearly 6 feet above flood stage in St. Louis by midweek, and nearly 10 feet above flood stage in Cape Girardeau on Thursday.

Crest predictions could rise even higher, the weather service said, as parts of eastern Missouri south of St. Louis could get up to 9 additional inches of rain through Wednesday.

“We kind of remain locked in this wet weather pattern with no big change in sight through early next week,” meteorologist Scott Truett said. “The concern is kind of becoming that with additional heavy rainfall, flash flooding is going to occur more rapidly because of the saturated ground conditions.”

In southwest Missouri, near the town of Hardenville, a  54-year-old man died Saturday night after attempting to drive across a low-water crossing. The Ozark County Sheriff’s Office said
David Langston was overcome by the strong current and swept out of his vehicle. His body was recovered about 100 yards downstream, officials said.

A passenger in the vehicle tried to save him but was unsuccessful.

Copyright The Associated Press


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