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The bodies of a man and a woman were discovered Friday in a submerged vehicle near the Mississippi River in Missouri, bringing the death toll to nine from storms that have ravaged the central US this week and threaten major flooding through the holiday weekend.
John Reinhardt, 20, and Caitlin Frangel, 19, both of Hazelwood, Missouri, were reported missing on May 15.
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Their bodies were found around 4am on a flooded rural road that runs along the river at Portage Des Sioux, about 40 miles north of St Louis.
Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper Dallas Thompson said an autopsy determined they both drowned.
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'We believe they went into it in the dark, not knowing the roadway was flooded, and they were unable to get out,' Thompson said.
On Friday, authorities reported that an elderly couple was hurled 600ft from their home and another woman died in her mobile home when tornadoes ripped through the state.
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Kenneth Harris, 86, and his wife Opal, 83, were discovered hundreds of feet from their home in Golden City, while Betty Berg, 56, died when her tiny house was wrecked on Thursday.
The Midwest storms killed another two people in Missouri earlier this week, as well as one death in Oklahoma and another in Iowa.
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Heavy rain in recent weeks has spurred major flooding in several states.
Flooding along the Arkansas River will threaten communities from Tulsa into western Arkansas through at least the holiday weekend, officials said Friday, as water released from an Oklahoma dam combines with additional rain in the forecast.
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To control flooding in Tulsa, the US Army Corps of Engineers on Friday began increasing the amount of water being released into the river from the Keystone Dam northwest of the city of about 400,000 people.
'The dam is doing what it is supposed to do. It has maintained the flood...
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