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Woman Drowns After Car Washes Off Road in De Soto

DE SOTO, MO (KTVI)– An 80-year-old woman has drowned after severe flooding in De Soto, Missouri Thursday afternoon.

According to the De Soto Police Department, the woman’s car washed off Veteran’s Drive. The woman’s name has not been released yet.

Jefferson County has issued an emergency evacuation advising anyone near water to seek higher ground.

Areas east of Joachim Creek are in the worst condition. Roads are impassable and crews are trying to rescue several people stuck in their cars. Power has been shut off in the entire city while crews make rescues. There are also overloaded sewer systems.

FOX 2 witnessed one rescue, as a man named Moses Jordan was brought to safety from his home near the creek.

The water rose rapidly in De Soto, so rapidly that many people didn`t have much time to react.  Streets became rivers, muddy water with whitecaps that swept cars down the street and sent debris into homes.  Even a fire station downtown found itself under a few feet of water in the matter of just a few minutes. In fact, some people fox 2 spoke to who`ve lived here for decades say they`ve never seen this creek come up this far, this fast.

There had been some concern earlier about a dam upstream that was reportedly breached and mighty cause more flooding,. That was not the case. It was just venting lots of water over the spillway. And the water in town at least is going back down

The American Red Cross is opening an emergency shelter at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1620 Boyd Street.

FOX 2 witnessed one rescue, as a man named Moses Jordan was brought to safety from his home near the creek.

The water rose rapidly in De Soto, so rapidly that many people didn`t have much time to react.  Streets became rivers, muddy water with whitecaps that swept cars down the street and sent debris into homes.  Even a fire station downtown found itself under a few feet of water in the matter of just a few minutes. In fact, some people fox 2 spoke to who`ve lived here for decades say they`ve never seen this creek come up this far, this fast.

There had been some concern earlier about a dam upstream that was reportedly breached and mighty cause more flooding,. That was not the case. It was just venting lots of water over the spillway. And the water in town at least is going back down

The Illinois Department of Transportation is reminding drivers not to try and pass flooded roads. Drivers should follow theses rules:

• Do not drive through flooded areas

• If a road covered by water seems shallow enough to

cross, do not attempt to do so

• If your car stalls, do not attempt to push it out; seek higher ground

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The following areas are flooded.

MADISON COUNTY, IL

• Harris Lane @ Vonnahmen Lane, Alton (unincorporated Madison County)

• Bentrup Road @ Williamson Avenue, Staunton (unincorporated Madison County)

Barricades have been placed on the above roads, by Foster Township and Olive Township, due to flooding. Please avoid these roads until the water levels decrease and roads are passable. Please contact the Sheriff’s Office or your local Police Department if you observe any roads that are unsafe.

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JEFFERSON COUNTY, MO

• 6160 Little Dutch Creek Rd

• Skullbones @ Ficken

• Main St In Desoto From Fredricka To Clark

• Hwy Y @ Ware Church Rd

• Laguna Palma @ Charter Church Rd

• Boyd Branch @ Laguna Palma

• 2nd St @ St Louis, Desoto

• Walthers Park Is Closed

• Rivermont Trail @ Hidden Meadows

• State Rd V Between Valley Mines And Desoto

• 4337 Flucom Rd Less Than A 1ft, 10-20 Ft

Jefferson County emergency responders are assisting DeSoto with the flooding there. The American Red Cross is opening an emergency shelter at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1620 Boyd Street.

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ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO

• Meramec Bottom closed from Hageman (6 inches ) to Highway 21 and from Kerth to Wells ( 10 inches).

• Baumgartner from Heintz to Weber Quarry (2″ water)

• Grant Rd from Gravois to Pardee is under advisory with 2″ of water on the road.

• Florissant PD reports water is rising in Coldwater Creek. Residents need to be aware of & monitor this hazard.

• Aubuchon Road at Teson Rd in Hazelwood is closed due to flooding


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