Beaufort, MO Flash Flooding Sweeps Car Away, Jun 1957
SIX PERISH IN FLASH FLOODS.
AUTOMOBILE CARRYING FAMILY SWEPT AWAY AS CREEK WATERS RISE RAPIDLY.
St. Louis (UP) - Six persons and probably a seventh drowned today as flash floods and more than eight inches of rain swept the southern Illinois - eastern Missouri area.
Franklin County Deputy Sheriff Charles Blaneman said nine members of the BANDY family were waiting for the water to recede at a bridge approach on a farm road eight miles south of Beaufort.
Before the water receded Blaneman said, a flash flood swept down the creek and carried their car about 400 yards. The car came to rest against an embankment, and was covered with gravel up to its hood when found about an hour and a half later.
Blaneman said six bodies were recovered, five of them still in the car, and that a seventh, that of MRS. JOE BANDY, 18, is missing.
The dead were identified as:
MRS. ALICE BANDY;
and four of her children, WINIFRED, 16; BENNY, 15; HUBERT, 13; and another son about 8 or 9 years old.
The body of MRS. JOE BANDY'S 14-month-old son, was found about 50 yards from the car.
Logansport Pharos-Tribune Indiana 1957-06-15