Area water rescue totals after severe flooding


The Missouri Department of Conservation is praising the work of first responders for handling a significant number of water rescues in a short amount of time.

On Sunday alone, responders in Newton, McDonald, and Lawrence counties completed a total of 31 swift-water rescues. Multiple agencies worked together during several of the rescues, often during heavy downpour and flash flooding.

Some residents had been stranded in cars or low-lying areas, or trapped in their homes. DoC officials say this is a prime example of why agents’ training is necessary and beneficial since natural disasters can come with little or no notice.

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