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St. Louis rescuers search for vehicles swept from bridge during floods

By Amy R. Connolly
St. Louis rescuers search for vehicles swept from bridge during floods
Members of St. Louis Fire Department Rescue Squad 1 walk door to door to check on the welfare of residents after an area near the River Des Peres flooded following hours of a steady rain in St. Louis on June 19, 2015. About 20 homes suffered flooded yards and basements and as a precaution utilities were pulled from the homes. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI | License Photo

FESTUS , Mo., July 2 (UPI) -- Rescue workers continued to search for people possibly trapped by flash flooding Thursday morning after a storm dropped five inches of rain overnight.

Jefferson County authorities said they were looking for possible victims trapped inside vehicles when floodwaters swept over Buck Creek Spur as the rains fell Wednesday night into early Thursday.

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"A couple cars were taken off a bridge," said Warren Robinson, director of the Office of Emergency Management in Jefferson County." "We don't know if there are still people inside those cars."

As the stormwaters rose, some 60 to 70 boat rescues were used to evacuate residents at Lakeside Manor and Lifestyle Mobile Home Parks in Festus, located about 35 miles outside St. Louis.

One resident told CBS St. Louis, "I looked outside and there was four feet of water all the way up to my neck, and there was a boat there."

There have been no reports of serious injury.

This is the second time in recent weeks the St. Louis area has seen flooding. On June 19, about 20 homes were flooded when the River Des Peres burst its banks.

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