FORT LEONARD WOOD – Flooding has devastated much of the area at Fort Leonard Wood, including a southeastern section of the local military base.
Tiffany Wood, Fort Leonard Wood public affairs director, reported that while no homes have been damaged, at least eight buildings have reported flood damage.
A bridge near Training Area 244 has also been affected by floodwaters.
Flooding has also forced post to shut down the East Gate due to flooding over Highway J.
Wood released a statement on behalf of the entire Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood:
"We are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of life and amount of damage caused by today's flooding in the City of Waynesville," Wood said in a statement. "We send our deepest condolences and our thoughts and prayers to those affected and offer a special thanks to the first responders and volunteers who are working selflessly to ensure the safety of the community."
Soldiers also reacted to Tuesday's fatality by readying two units for emergency situations.
Four-year-old Elyjah M. Lee was washed away from a vehicle between Price Cutter grocery store and Highway 17 in Waynesville on Tuesday morning. His body was found later in Mitchell Creek near Waynesville Middle School.
His single mother, Jessica D. Lee, 23, of Waynesville, is assumed to be dead.
According to Missouri State Highway Patrol Sgt. Dan Crain, the mother and child were the only two people in the vehicle.