Clear skies were forecast for the next couple of days across Missouri after heavy rain late last week pushed rivers and streams out of their banks, leaving at least two people dead and a third missing.
The Missouri River crested Sunday at 30.75 feet, several feet above flood stage, at Jefferson City, where up to 4.5 inches of rain fell Friday, the National Weather Service said. The Missouri Department of Transportation also reported on its website that portions of several roads around the state remained closed Sunday because of high water.
Matt Morasch, Jefferson City's public works director, said Sunday there was flooding along low-lying roads in Jefferson City over the weekend, but that with no rain was forecast in the next couple of days, he was hopeful the threat was receding. The weather service said more rain wasn't expected in Missouri until later Tuesday.
“We're on the way down now,” Morasch said.
On Saturday, crews recovered the body of Donald Parker, 17, who police said was last seen Friday night playing in several feet of water when the quickly rising waters pulled him into a nearby culvert that drains into Saline Creek. Emergency workers in southwest Missouri on Friday found the body of Gene Cable, 71, of Monett. The Missouri State Highway Patrol said Cable was swept away in flash flooding earlier Friday at a low-water road crossing in Lawrence County.
The patrol also said a 55-year-old Ellington man drowned Saturday in a private pond outside Ellington after he became lodged in a drainage pipe and could not escape. It was unclear if that death was weather-related.
In eastern Missouri, the Eureka Fire District said Sunday that the search continued for a fourth person reported missing Friday during a float trip on the Meramec River, which was also expected to reach major flood stage late Sunday or early Monday. The missing person's identity has not been released.