- Associated Press - Thursday, June 29, 2017

MARYVILLE, Mo. (AP) - Authorities have rescued several people from flooded Missouri roads and a campground after heavy rain caused waterways to swell, sending cattle floating over a highway.

National Weather Service hydrologist Scott Watson said from 8 to 11 inches of rain fell from Wednesday night through Thursday morning in a five-county area in northwest Missouri. Smaller rainfall totals of 3 to 6 inches extended from northwest Missouri into the central part of the state.

One of the rescues happened in Nodaway County, where the sheriff’s office said on its official Facebook page that Maryville officers used a personal watercraft to save a man who drove his pickup truck into swift-moving water. The post said only the man was heard screaming and that only his head was above water when authorities arrived.

There also were reports of a handful of cattle floating across U.S. 136, said Cpt. Scott Wedlock, of the Nodaway County Sheriff’s Office. He said owners were trying to account for the cattle. One county deputy also was shocked when lightning struck near him.

In neighboring Gentry County, one person had to be rescued after attempting to walk across a bridge over the Grand River and being swept away. Rescuers also helped two people who became trapped when floodwaters rose as they were camping at the Elam Bend State Wildlife Area, said Jim Boothe, the county’s emergency management director.

Another driver also was rescued in nearby Daviess County.

The Missouri Department of Transportation said more than 20 roads have been closed because of flooding.

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