Mail carrier swept away in flood while on the job

Charis Patires

A postmaster is saying workers are carrying on as best as they can after the death of a longtime colleague who was swept away in a flood while on a routine mail delivery.

Stoutland resident Steve W. Allee, 51, worked for the Lebanon Post Office for almost 18 years. He died Monday afternoon when the car he was driving along Sassafras Drive was carried away during a flash flood.

“He was a very honest, upstanding employee,” Lebanon Post Master Rick Randolph said. “In the community, I know he was really highly thought of.”

Allee delivered to more than 450 homes and businesses along his route on east Route 32 and up to south of I-44 east of Lebanon, he said.

According to Laclede County Sheriff Richard Wrinkle, the postal authority called the department after some time had passed without hearing from Allee. Several inches of rain had fallen over the county and caused damage to roads and low water bridges.

His car was found about 5:30 p.m., but there was no sign of Allee. The Hazelgreen Fire Department and deputies with the sheriff's department began a search.

Just after 7 p.m., a resident found Allee about a mile and a half downstream.

According to the Missouri Highway Patrol report, the accident occurred about 2 p.m. on Sassafras Drive, 10 miles east of Lebanon. Allee was driving a 2003 Chevrolet Blazer.

He was taken to Colonial Funeral Home in Lebanon.

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