Month: April 2017

The body of missing 9 year-old Arkansas boy found, sister and other family members dead

POLK COUNTY, Arkansas- KTHV reports the body of 9-year-old Reilly James Scarbrough has been found in a heavily wooded area near Hatfield, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. The 9-year-old along with his 2-year-old sister, Acelynn Wester, were reported missing on Saturday (April 22). Acelynn’s body was found in a heavily wooded area just southeast of Cove in the same vicinity where her mother, Bethany Jo Wester, 43, was found dead. Wester was found in Buffalo Creek. Police also found the body of Wester’s uncle, 66-year-old Steven Payne inside of a home in Hatfield on Thursday (April 27). Police said that they located Reilly with the help...

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Laclede County road closures due to flooding

  LEBANON, Missouri- MoDOT reports the following routes closed due to flooding: Flooding reported beginning 1.94 MILES AFTER RT K N, ending 2.62 MILES AFTER RT K N. Road closed since 04/30/2017 03:04:00 AM. NOTES: Road closed due to flooding State Route 32 – LACLEDE COUNTY – CLOSED Flooding reported beginning 2.62 MILES BEFORE RT K S, ending 1.94 MILES BEFORE RT K S. Road closed since 04/30/2017 03:04:00 AM.   Road closed due to flooding Interstate 44 – LACLEDE COUNTY – CLOSED Gasconade River Flooding reported beginning .05 MILES AFTER RT F N, ending .13 MILES AFTER MO...

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Governor thanks responders during life-threatening flooding

  The governor has declared a State of Emergency JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri- Governor Eric Greitens took to social media to thank emergency workers responding to current and life flooding affecting Missouri: “Thank you to our first responders for their courageous and capable work to keep Missouri families safe and to protect property. Together, we took early action to prepare for this storm, and our pre-staged rescue teams are now executing operations across Missouri. So far, there have been 93 evacuations and 33 rescues. Please stay safe and stay away from rising water.” Yesterday the governor said two-thirds of Missouri is...

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MSHP says don’t boat in flooded streams and rivers

ROLLA, Missouri- Captain James W. Remillard, commanding officer of Troop I, strongly discourages anyone from boating in flooded streams and rivers. The entire Troop I region is predicted to receive large amounts of rain over the weekend which has the potential to cause major flooding. This predicted rainfall could trigger flash flooding in low lying areas. Flash floods are extremely dangerous and cause water currents that present some of the most dangerous situations a boater can encounter. Fast moving water can easily capsize or flip a boat, especially when combined with fixed objects or floating debris. Captain Remillard encourages...

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Flash flooding closes 150 Missouri roads

JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri  — MoDOT says flash flooding has closed 150 roads across the state, mostly in southern Missouri. Predicted rainfall amounts will likely close additional roadways throughout the weekend and possibly into next week. Motorists should check Missouri’s Traveler Information Map at www.modot.org before traveling. “Motorists are reminded that not all flooded roads will have closure signs. MoDOT cautions all travelers to never drive through water on the roadway. Turn around and find an alternate route. Remember the slogan, “Turn Around, Don’t Drown.” Flash flooding is particularly dangerous at night or the early morning hours when motorists often cannot...

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