Cleanup Begins After Severe Flooding In De Soto

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DE SOTO, MO (KTVI)-- Flood damaged cars are still straddling a storm water ditch and water filled basements. That's what you see along the Joachim Creek in De Soto in southern Jefferson County.

But you also see town’s people jumping in to help their neighbors clean up.

Generators and the sound of flood water gushing out of hoses, is typical in some De Soto neighborhoods this afternoon.

City inspectors started early to check out homes so residents could safely turn the utilities back on. But for some it was going to take more than a day to reach that stage.

Folks who have lived here for 50 years or more can't remember such a strong and rapid flash flood.

Bobby Hemmen has water in his basement and a brand new camper soaked with mud.

But volunteers like Niko Wilson and Andrew Dufour are bringing smiles to those whose homes were flooded.

In Walther Park in De Soto along Joachim Creek, the debris marks the level of Thursday's flash flood came well over Betsey Bruce’s head.

Soccer goals smashed up against playground equipment demonstrate the water's force.

This was a deadly flood. It took the life of 80-year-old Arlie Hopper of De Soto who was driving near the creek and swept away.

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