Nightly News   |  August 07, 2013

More heavy rain to drench Midwest

In Missouri rainfall of two to three inches an hour has led to massive flooding to dozens of homes and businesses and left many without power. Central Kansas is also under flood watch, and swift water rescue teams have been called into Georgia. NBC’s Mike Seidel reports.

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>>> a state of emergency in parts of missouri where days of eh rain and flash flooding left a 4-year-old boy and his mother dead. and caused a lot of misery for many people in that region. weather channel meteorologist mike seidel is following up from wanesville, missouri , tonight. good evening.

>> reporter: good evening. you can see the rushing waters of the creek behind me. it's still over its banks. rainfall at two to three inches an hour led to dangerous flash flooding and destruction. heavy storms pounded parts of southern missouri overnight. nine inches of rain fell in a few hours causing massive flooding to homes and businesses and left hundreds without power.

>> we were able to effect several rescues from rooftop of vehicles and people pinned to trees by the force of the flood.

>> reporter: officials issued mandatory evacuation orders. governor nixon declared a state of emergency and hassle called in the national guard . after a 4-year-old boy was killed, the vehicle he was in swept away in a flash flood in waynesville.

>> we could have problems all week long. i have lived here 40 years and this is the worst i have seen.

>> reporter: central kansas is under a flood watch . swollen rivers swamped nearby homes and forced sections of state highways to be shut down. swift water rescue teams were called to northern georgia where fast-moving water tore through several counties, downing trees, washing away roads and prompting evacuations. at this hour, interstate 44 , the major route between st. louis and springfield is shut down because of flooding. meanwhile, more heavy rain in the forecast into the weekend. flash flood watches continue. many are wondering if they will have to head to higher ground once again. lester?

>> mike seidel , thanks.