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By Alastair Jamieson

Heavy rains in Missouri triggered flash floods and forced 60 residents to flee from their homes overnight, emergency management officials said.

Two mobile home parks near Festus, south of St. Louis, were evacuated with the help of firefighters, Warren Robinson, director of emergency management in Jefferson County, told NBC News.

“Our Doppler software showed some areas had five inches of rain overnight and that had an impact on many of our smaller streams,” he said.

However, the rain was not expected to affect the Mississippi, he said.

Buses carried evacuees to a flood shelter at Telegraph Intermediate School in Festus, according to reporter John Henry with NBC station KSDK.

A local hospital emergency room was also flooded but was still accepting patients, Robinson said.

A resident of one of the two evacuated mobile home parks wades through the flood water early Thursday.Ryan Dean / KSDK