Heavy rain causes deadly flash flooding in Midwest

Gasconade River flooding closes I-44

ST. LOUIS (AP) – Torrential rains are continuing across the nation’s midsection, causing flash flooding that killed at least two people, damaged homes and forced multiple water rescues.

Up to 10 inches of rain pounded southern Missouri Thursday morning. A woman died near Jane, Mo., in the far southwestern corner of the state when creek water washed over a highway, sweeping away her car.

Authorities in the south-central Missouri town of Waynesville continued to search for 23-year-old Jessica D. Lee, whose car was swept up in a flash flood early Tuesday. The body of her 4-year-old son, Elyjah, was found Tuesday, hours after his mother made a distress call from her cell phone.

Flash flood warnings were common in Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Tennessee. Heavy rain is in the forecast into the weekend.

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