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Two rescued by boat after flash flood in eastern Missouri

July 17, 2021 GMT

Fredericktown, Mo. (AP) — A flash flood in rural eastern Missouri led to a water rescue of two people after their vehicle became stranded in the fast-rising water.

Heavy rain on Friday prompted a quick rise of the St. Francis River in Madison County. KFVS-TV reports that the water came up so quickly that both people were forced to stand on top of the vehicle to escape drowning.

A Missouri State Highway Patrol marine operation trooper, R.A. Walker, and Madison County Emergency Management Director Dean Stevens were able to navigate the flooding waters and rescue the victims.