Missouri cleans up after storms; more possible

Wednesday, July 21, 2010 | 11:00 a.m. CDT

HANNIBAL — Flash flooding is now being blamed in the death of a northeast Missouri woman.

The Hannibal Courier-Post reports that 48-year-old Dana Ruth Poage of Louisiana, Mo., slipped Tuesday afternoon and became trapped in a culvert as she and her sons were swimming in a rain-swollen creek. Her sons, ages 13 and 16, tried to rescue her but couldn't.

Cleanup continues in Hannibal, Louisiana and other towns after strong storms Monday and Tuesday prompted flash flooding. The storms brought up to 10 inches of rain in some areas of northeast Missouri, shutting down roads and forcing evacuations and car rescues.

Forecasters say more storms are possible, and state emergency officials warn that could lead to more flash flooding.

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