Heavy showers cause massive flooding in De Soto


by KMOV.com staff


Posted on April 18, 2013 at 11:38 AM

Updated Thursday, Apr 18 at 9:23 PM

(KMOV) – Heavy showers caused a creek to overflow and flood several parts of DeSoto, Mo. on Thursday.

According to DeSoto city officials, the creek got out of its bank and was running through downtown businesses on the eastern side of the town.

Officials said the creek crossed over roads and flooded a trailer park and other homes.

Crews were out on the scene rescuing residents whose vehicles got stuck in water. Somewhere between 12 and 20 water rescues have been made, city officials said.

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 approximately 5,000 customers who were without power Thursday afternoon.

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

No injuries have been reported.

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