Thursday, December 31, 2015

Images Of The Missouri Floods Look Pretty Scarty

A forlorn flooded McDonald's in Union, Missouri. 
Missouri is closing out 2015 and beginning 2016 with one of the state's worst disasters on record.

Flooding, especially along the Mississippi River and its tributaries, continues to worsen, as I noted the other day.

So far, 20 people have died in the floods since they began last weekend. At least 14 of those have been in Missouri.

Five of those who died Saturday were international soldiers attending officers' training at Fort Leonard Wood, AccuWeather said.

The five were in a car that got caught in flash flooding at a low water crossing.

Major roads like Interstates 44 and 55 were closed by high water. In one town, 20,000 people or so are without drinking water because a pumping station was overwhelmed by the water.

WPXI reported harrowing tales of a house floating down a river, and at another house a man and his dog rescued from the eaves of his flooded house after the two spent the night there.

Videos coming out of Missouri look pretty devastating. Here's a few:

Here are some houses in Branson, Missouri submerged in water, video from Live Storms Media:

Here's what the town of Union, Missouri looked like, via the Associated Press/KTVI

As this video shows, nobody is getting on Interstate 44 in a good chunk of Missouri anytime soon:

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