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Flood Fears Return To De Soto

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DE SOTO, MO (KTVI) - Steady rain Thursday night and all day Friday flooded portions of Walther Park in De Soto and pushed the Joachim Creek close to flood levels.

"We have our emergency personnel out and about and keeping an eye on things," said city manager David Dews.

Friday the creek moved swiftly, tumbling around tree trunks and picking up brush as it raced through the town in southern Jefferson County.  At 5:00pm,  it was several feet below its banks near East Miller and Rollins Street.

Residents who were flooded two weeks ago when an unexpected flash flood sent the Joachim Creek roaring out of its banks watched the rain fall Friday with trepidation.

"I'm concerned," one woman said as she stepped out on her porch to eye the sky.

Dews thought the city would escape a second round of floods since no alert has been issued by the weather experts who provide the city with a monitoring service.

Friday the city had received a few phone calls from worried residents. The message each received: "be cautious and careful and keep an eye out for yourself."

The flash flood of April 18 took the life of an elderly driver whose car was swept away in the flash flood.  She drowned.  One hundred-forty homes were damaged by that flood.

Friday De Soto city workers began removing flood damaged belongings piled outside homes at no cost to the residents.

Dews said anyone who needs help from housing to utility bills should contact the United Way by calling 2-1-1.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's department was keeping an eye on the Big River near Route BB  between Cedar Hill and Hillsboro.  It is known to flood after heavy rains.

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See our previous story: De Soto In Shock Over Thursday’s Flash Flooding

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