DE SOTO, Mo. (KSDK) - A woman drowned Thursday afternoon after her vehicle was washed off the road.
Capt. Dan Contarini with the De Soto Police Department says an 80-year-old woman was driving on Veteran's Drive when water from Joachin Creek washed her off the road. Her body was recovered inside her vehicle downstream after flood waters subsided.
The woman has not been publicly identified, but Beth Yancey knows the family.
"It's sad. It's sad. I mean we have the house with water but they have a family member gone," said Yancey.
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Capt. Contarini says flood waters came up so quickly on the east side of De Soto that many residents were trapped inside their homes.
The De Soto Fire Department, De Soto Rural Fire Department, and Valle Ambulance District were helped by units from the High Ridge Fire Department, Hematite Fire Department, Cedar Hill Fire Department, Jefferson R7 Fire Department, Hillsboro Fire Department, and Big River Ambulance.
The De Soto Police Department was assisted by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and the Festus Police Department.
Officials responded to 31 water-related calls during the flooding Thursday, and those trapped inside their homes were rescued and transported by boat.
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Firefighters did a door-to-door search after flood waters pulled back, and no victims were found.
Around 5,000 residents in the area are without power after Ameren Missouri de-energized the substation as a safety precaution.
The Red Cross has set up a temporary shelter at the First Baptist Church, located at 2000 Graceway Drive.
Beginning Friday morning the City of De Soto, assisted by inspectors from Crystal City and Festus, will start inspecting homes. Residents will not be allowed to return until they are given clearance to reoccupy them. Any resident affected by flood water is urged to call the De Soto City Hall at 636-586-3326 to make arrangements to meet with an inspector.
There are approximately 125 homes in the affected area.