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Midday Update: Flooding Death and Damage

WAYNESVILLE, Mo. -- A young boy is dead as the result of flooding in Pulaski County before dawn today. KOLR10's Justin Dougherty has this update as of 11am.
WAYNESVILLE, Mo. -- A young boy is dead as the result of flooding in Pulaski County before dawn today.  KOLR10's Justin Dougherty has this update as of 11am.

The Missouri Highway Patrol says the 4-6 year old boy was in a car near the Waynesville Junior High shortly before he was killed.  Troopers say the car was still submerged in water at 11:00 am and rescue crews have been unable to reach it.
They also say there are some people still unaccounted for as of midday.

KOLR10's Justin Dougherty reports via Skype from Roy Laughlin Park where the water is still high and still moving very fast.

This is actually Roubidoux Spring here at Roy Laughlin Park, which has overtaken this park.  There is normally a sidewalk available, an open park area to enjoy, but today that's not possible at all. 

A 4 year old boy has drowned due to the flooding.  Sgt. Dan Crain says just a few individuals are still unaccounted for. 

Switching the camera to the rear view, you can see a speed limit sign that is submerged.  10 foot light posts are also submerged.  The rainfall has stopped, but the runoff is still causing rapidly running water and this is still a dangerous situation.  I spoke to another man who was still searching for his daughter.  He had been to two centers helping evacuees, but has not been able to find her.

There is a briefing at 11:30 to find out the number of homes that have been damaged, flood water levels, and the status of missing people.  That briefing is at the Pulaski County Ambulance District Center.  We'll report the latest information here.

11:30 am briefing:

Pulaski County Sheriff Ron Long tells reporters the little boy who drowned was in the car with his mother.  Authorities have not yet found his mother to speak with her.  Long did not confirm the age of the boy or release his identity, other than to say he is between 4-6 years old.

The water continues to run swiftly in parts of Waynesville.  "The water is roaring, it's causing damage, and it will continue to do so..." Long says.  

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