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At least one dead after rain in southwest MO


Springfield, MO – Crews are assessing damage today (Tuesday) after flash flooding left a postal worker dead and roads damaged across southwest Missouri.

As many as 11 inches of rain fell within just a few hours Monday in counties including Dade, Lawrence and Laclede. Postal worker Steve Allee of Stoutland died when a wall of water washed his delivery truck off a small bridge in Laclede County, east of Lebanon.

Searchers found Allee's body last night more than a mile downstream from his vehicle and the bridge.

Missouri's Emergency Management Agency said the rain was from remnants of Tropical Storm Erin that moved from Oklahoma into Missouri along the I-44 corridor.

Flood waters had receded by this morning and damage assessments are being done. There are reports of some mainly small roads and bridges washed out.