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Two rescues in Dent County during flooding

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Posted: Wednesday, August 7, 2013 8:40 am | Updated: 8:13 pm, Sat Aug 10, 2013.

A father and his two sons escaped their flooded vehicle Wednesday near Cedar Grove, according to an article posted on the Dent County Sheriff’s Department Facebook site.

According to the information, at about 5:30 a.m. Thursday, the Sheriff's Office received a call regarding two children, ages 7 & 8, and their father who were missing. The father had left to pickup the children and had not returned  home. Information was given that the vehicle may have traveled along the Cedar Grove area. A deputy responded to the Cedar Grove area and located the vehicle partially submerged, washed over the side of the bridge. The occupants had escaped from the vehicle and spent the night huddled together inside a public restroom.

All three were uninjured, however, they were extremely cold and wet. The deputy transported the subjects to the hospital for evaluation.

An elderly Dent County woman was rescued from her residence Wednesday by law enforcement agencies when high water was becoming a threat to her home.

Members of the Dent County Sheriff’s Office, State Highway Patrol and Conservation Department combined efforts to rescue the 93-year-old woman from her home on Dent County Road 2070 near Lake Spring.

Dent County Sheriff Rick Stallings said as a safety precaution, the 93-year-old woman’s family requested assistance in getting her out of the high water area, when water was getting close to the residence.

This evacuation required the use of an MDC boat to transport her across the flooded CR 2070. 

Dent and other Ozark counties have received as much as seven to eight  inches of rain within the last three days, according to reports from the Department of Transportation.

According to the National Weather Service, Springfield, between 10-16 inches of rain fell between August 2 and Thursday in south central Missouri.

Montauk State Park campgrounds were closed Wednesday, but the park remained open. Park Superintendent Doug Rusk said the water level near Pigeon Creek is being evaluated to determine when it will be safe to reopen the campground. The Ozark National Scenic Riverways also closed the Current River to floaters, and will reopen the river when conditions are safer.

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