Flash flooding over the weekend made for treacherous travel through Perry County, which was saw several inches of rain on Saturday.
The Missouri Highway Patrol reported that 13 counties in southeast Missouri confirmed water flowing over roadways, and more than one motorisin the county found themselves in harm’s way when their vehicles stalled in fast moving water.
Over a 27-hour period, Perry County received more than four inches of rain.
Residents living along the shores of Apple Creek woke to find water overflowed the banks, leaving several feet of water standing in their yards.
Apple Creek resident Dawn Joyner said it was a race against Mother Nature to move vehicles and other property to higher ground late Saturday evening.
“We got home just in time Saturday night to move our cars,” she said. “By noon on Sunday, the water level was back down.”
A number of accidents were reported due to the hazardous roadways Saturday.
Saturday night a man’s vehicle was swept away by a creek in Highland.
According to Perry County Sheriff Gary Schaaf, the department received a call around 9:40 p.m. regarding debris blocking a bridge on PCR 616.
Responding to the scene was Perry County Road and Bridge Department employee Rick Favier, 51, of Perryville. While tending to the debris, Favier’s car was washed off the roadway in the flood while he was still inside the vehicle.
Around 10:45 p.m., a deputy arrived on-scene and found Favier, who was already out of the vehicle on the other side of the creek.
Favier sustained minor injuries and was transported to Perry County Memorial Hospital for hypothermia.
Also, earlier Saturday evening during the flash flood, Randy Northcutt, 87, of Perryville, drove into water over the road on Highway T, just west of PCR 702, according to a sheriff’s report. A tow vehicle was contacted; the man was unharmed.