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Raw: Flooding causes widespread evacs in Missouri

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A young child drowned, several people were rescued and dozens of others were forced out of their homes after flash flooding in south-central Missouri early Tuesday. By Belo Content KMOV A young child drowned, several people were rescued and dozens of others were forced out of their homes after flash flooding in south-central Missouri early Tuesday. By Belo Content KMOV
A young child drowned, several people were rescued and dozens of others were forced out of their homes after flash flooding in south-central Missouri early Tuesday. By Belo Content KMOV A young child drowned, several people were rescued and dozens of others were forced out of their homes after flash flooding in south-central Missouri early Tuesday. By Belo Content KMOV
A young child drowned, several people were rescued and dozens of others were forced out of their homes after flash flooding in south-central Missouri early Tuesday. By Belo Content KMOV A young child drowned, several people were rescued and dozens of others were forced out of their homes after flash flooding in south-central Missouri early Tuesday. By Belo Content KMOV
A young child drowned, several people were rescued and dozens of others were forced out of their homes after flash flooding in south-central Missouri early Tuesday. By Belo Content KMOV A young child drowned, several people were rescued and dozens of others were forced out of their homes after flash flooding in south-central Missouri early Tuesday. By Belo Content KMOV
A young child drowned, several people were rescued and dozens of others were forced out of their homes after flash flooding in south-central Missouri early Tuesday. By Belo Content KMOV A young child drowned, several people were rescued and dozens of others were forced out of their homes after flash flooding in south-central Missouri early Tuesday. By Belo Content KMOV

(KMOV) – Widespread flooding continued to affect parts of south-central Missouri on Wednesday as the body of a woman was found and hundreds of homes were evacuated.

Officials said about 200 homes were evacuated in the region and local officials estimate 50 or more houses in Waynesville were flooded.

Evacuations also were occurring in Newburg, a Phelps County town of about 450 residents. KYTV reports county authorities issued mandatory evacuations for residents living along the Little Piney River. Witnesses told News 4 the Walnut Street Bridge in Newburg was washed away.

Flooding waters forced officials to close the westbound lanes of Interstate 44 at mile marker 172 in Phelps Co.

Police said they also believe they found the body of a woman whose 4-year-old son was swept away by flooding waters and killed. Authorities said the boy had been trapped in his mother’s vehicle.

Authorities have been working around the clock helping residents stranded by the flooding waters. Officials in Newburg said they expected the water to rise another five feet throughout the day.

The National Weather Service said more than 7 inches of rain fell at Fort Leonard Wood, which is near Waynesville, from 12 a.m. to mid-Tuesday morning.

Threats of further flooding prompted Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon to postpone a trip to flood-damaged Waynesville Wednesday that had been planned to discuss emergency response efforts.

The governor’s office announced in a news release that the event was postponed because state and local emergency management workers are responding to continued dangerous flooding in south-central Missouri.

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