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Girl loses life in storm that topples church steeple, trees

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A 12-year-old girl died after being swept away Saturday by floodwater from a storm that hit the St. Louis area.

The girl, Alyeya Carter, was riding in a car on Interstate 70 near St. Louis Lambert International Airport when the vehicle was swept into a large concrete storm drain, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

A manhole displaced by rushing stormwater leaves a gaping hole at 23rd and Pine streets.

Missouri Highway Patrol Cpl. Juston Wheetley said the driver and two other children were able to escape from the car. Searchers found the girl’s body hours later.

The storm tore the steeple off of Centenary United Methodist Church at 16th and Pine streets downtown, toppled trees and left thousands of residents without power.

A massive tree lies uprooted in the park along Market Street after the storm.
The fallen limb of a tree blocks part of Pine Street.

The National Weather Service warned there could be more flash flooding through Sunday, probably heaviest north of Interstate 70. staff contributed to this report.

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