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Four-Year-Old Boy Drowns in Flood Waters in Pulaski County

WAYNESVILLE, Mo. -- A child is confirmed dead after overnight flooding in Pulaski County, law enforcement officials say.
WAYNESVILLE, Mo. -- A child is confirmed dead after overnight flooding in Pulaski County, law enforcement officials say.

Sgt. Dan Crain of the Missouri Highway Patrol confirms a 4-year-old boy drowned in Mitchell Creek between the Waynesville Middle School and the Price Cutter Store. 

Sgt. Crain added "several individuals" were unaccounted for, including the mother, who Craine says was in the car with the toddler. Dive teams are currently looking for her. By 4:30 p.m., she was the only person unaccounted for.

Pulaski County Sheriff Ron Long stated, "Right now, there is just one. We have no other information leading us to believe there are more individuals unaccounted for."

The City of Waynesville is also ordering mandatory evacuations. Waters from Roubidoux and Mitchell Creeks roared out of their banks around 3 a.m., pouring into homes and businesses in downtown Waynesville and in neighborhoods near the Waynesville Junior High School. 

As of 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, the Highway Patrol tells KOLR10 News about 260 people are without power in the Waynesville area. About 55 people are unable to return to their homes.

Luge Hardman, Mayor of Waynesville, released the following list of evacuations:

Area of Valley Rd, the lower section of Dyer St., the lower section of Glenda Dr., portions of Pike St., South Bates St., Vine St., portions of Foster St., portions of North st., portions of Pine St., portions of Booker Rd, and Roosevelt St.

Residents can expect to return home at 5 p.m., August 7, 2013.

Sgt. Dan Crain of the Missouri Highway Patrol says roughly 200 homes will be affected by the mandatory evacuations. More than 100 homes were damaged.

Shelters for flood victims have been set up at the St. Robert Community Center (114 J H Williamson Drive) and the Westside Baptist Church in Waynesville. The Red Cross shelter saw more than 25 people Tuesday, and will remain open overnight into Wednesday.

Kentucky Fried Chicken is donating the food for Tuesday night's dinner. A local radio station donated pizza for Tuesday's lunch.
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