Woman dies in Jefferson Co. after vehicle swept away in floods

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on April 18, 2013 at 5:09 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 5 at 5:10 PM

(KMOV) – Authorities said a woman died in DeSoto, Mo. after being caught in flash floods caused by heavy rain that swept through the region on Thursday.

According to DeSoto city officials, the 80-year-old woman was pronounced dead after being found inside her car on Highway E. Authorities said her vehicle had earlier been swept away because of high water.

The woman had been traveling along Veteran's Drive when her car was swept into Joachim Creek. Crews recovered her body downstream after the flood water subsided.

City officials said between 12 and 20 water rescues were made after flooding caused several vehicles to get stuck in water.

At the city’s fire house, the water was reported to be 10 bricks high.

Ameren Missouri de-energized the city’s substation to prevent possible electricity problems about 1 p.m. The substation provided power to about 5,000 customers who were without power Thursday afternoon.

Officials said they were working to determine when electricity would be restored.

For residents displaced by flooding, The American Red Cross opened an emergency shelter at Redeemer Lutheran Church, located at 1620 Boyd St.

 

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