Tuesday, August 6, 2013
A young child drowned and dozens of people were out of their homes after flash flooding hit south-central Missouri.
Pulaski County Sheriff Ron Long says the child's body was found early Tuesday near Mitchell Creek on the west side of Waynesville. The child was between 4 and 6 years old. Long says he isn't sure of the victim's gender.
Rescuers also are looking for missing people, but Long did not say how many are missing.
Local officials estimate 50 or more homes were flooded in Waynesville after the Mitchell and Roubidoux creeks rose rapidly. Several inches of rain fell in the area since midnight.
Waynesville is near Fort Leonard Wood. The Missouri State Highway Patrol has responded with rescue boats and says U.S. Army personnel are on standby if needed.