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The Mississippi River is closed near St. Louis again.  This time, the problem is several barges that broke loose and collided with some docked barges.  

The Coast Guard says it happened around midnight near the confluence with the Missouri River.

 Early reports indicate that the accident may have caused a significant oil spill in the river.

 

St. Charles County Sheriff's deputies say two people are now safe after their pickup truck ran off the road into the flood waters of the swollen  (peru) Peruque Creek.  

It happened about 5 a.m. at Highway 79 and Firma Road.  One of the people in the truck got out right away and went to a nearby farm for help. Authorities say the car was in an area barricaded because it often floods from the creek and heavy rain had been falling. No word yet if charges would be filed.

Rescue crews with the O'Fallon, Missouri fire department pulled the second person out of the water just after 5:30 a.m.  

 

UPDATE: The mother of a a five-year-old boy found wandering late last night at I-55 and Loughborough has been located but questions remain as to whether the child named Noah is physically back with his family.

KTRS' Michael Golde reported from a police substation in Holly Hills that police say is the boy, who identified himself only as Noah, is in protective custody. The boy's mother was located sometime after 5:00a.m. Friday but police would not say how they found her.

St. Louis Police spent Thursday night and Friday morning looking for Noah's parents after he walked into the Schnucks at Loughborough and I-55 just after 11:00 Thursday night.  Authorities say the rain soaked child told officers his name was Noah, he didn't know his last name nor his address. He said the dog with him was named   King and they were both hungry.  The child and his dog were fed by the store manager. A  security guard called police.

Some reports indicate the boy lives nearby and has wandered off before.     

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