DESOTO, MO. (KTVI) – No one in De Soto recalls a flash flood like the one that hit on Thursday. The city’s fire chief estimates water rose 5 to 6 feet in a matter of 20 to 30 minutes.
An 80-year-old woman died when rising waters swept her car away. Her body was found inside her car after the waters receded.
First responders made more than a dozen water rescues as heavy rain flooded the Joachim Creek.
The city believes 125 homes were damaged east of the Creek. Power was shut off to the entire city on Thursday as a precaution to keep first responders safe.
Power will remain off in the damaged areas through at least Thursday night.
The American Red Cross set up a shelter at the 1st Baptist Church in De Soto. Residents with flood damaged are encouraged to contact De Soto city hall on Friday to set up an inspection of their property.
The city wants to make sure homes are safe before anyone moves back inside them.
On Thursday night police evacuated the damaged area. City leaders do not believe any homes suffered structural damage.
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