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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says the state's death toll from days of pounding rainfall has risen to 10, and he expects that number to grow.

Nixon told reporters Monday that the majority of the victims drowned after driving into floodwaters.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says six of the deaths happened in south-central Missouri's Pulaski County. That's where four international soldiers from Fort Leonard Wood drowned, as did two other people when their vehicle was swept away 10 miles from the soldiers.

Nixon told Missourians and other travelers to avoid driving into water, noting that "you're taking great risks" by doing so.

State officials say there have been more than 200 road closures statewide because of the storms, as well as more than 30 water rescues.

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