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National Guardsmen sent to flooded south-central Missouri

  |   Aug. 7, 2013 at 3:36 PM
ROLLA, Mo., Aug. 7 (UPI) -- Missouri's Gasconade River overflowed its banks Wednesday after heavy rain, and Gov. Jay Nixon announced National Guard troops were deployed to the area.

The river rose to a record level of 32.3 feet at noon at Jerome, topping the previous high of 31.34 feet set in 1982, and floodwaters covered nearby Interstate Highway 44 near Rolla, KYTV-TV, Springfield, reported.

Nixon sent 50 National Guardsmen to southcentral Missouri after over 8 inches of rain fell Tuesday, to aid in traffic control and bolster emergency and rescue efforts in Pulaski County, the Springfield News-Leader reported Wednesday.

Waynesville authorities were searching for a woman believed to be the mother of a boy, 4, who drowned as their vehicle was overtaken by floodwaters. She was believed to be the only unaccounted resident in the area, said Sgt. Dan Crain of the Missouri Highway Patrol.

Topics: Jay Nixon
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