At least 1 died as record rain triggers flash flooding in St. Louis
One person was killed and several others were stranded in their cars and homes as a result of record rainfall in St. Louis and other regions of Missouri on Tuesday.
In a “historic rainfall” of up to 10 inches, thunderstorms inundated the St. Louis metro region with flash flooding and closed roadways, the National Weather Service said. When a hurricane’s leftovers moved north, the previous day record of 6.85 inches was set. By Tuesday morning, Lambert Airport had received 8.3 inches of rain.
Meteorologist Marshall Pfahler from the National Weather Service reported that a storm swept into the St. Louis area at midnight and then stopped, dropping water over the same small zone. In central and eastern Missouri and southwest Illinois, the National Weather Service reported “dangerous, life-threatening flash flooding” as a result of the downpour.
According to St. Louis Fire Department head Dennis Jenkerson, one person died after being rescued from a submerged vehicle in water that reached 8.5 feet deep. According to Jenkerson, the damage to property was “very significant,” but there were not many other injuries.
Floodwaters inundated homes and automobiles in St. Louis. According to Jenkerson, more than 70 people were saved or helped by the fire service in their time of need. Six people and six canines were rescued, as well as stranded motorists, by the department’s boats.
Several puppies were killed when a building housing a stray dog rescue Stray Paws Adoptables flooded in St. Peters, a suburb northwest of St. Louis. Other pets were rescued from the building by firefighters using boats.
The Missouri Department of Transportation said Tuesday morning that a segment of Interstate 70 near St. Peters had been closed. Additional roads were said to be closed by local authorities. St. Louis-area interstates 64, 55, and 44 were all temporarily shut down at one point.
Drivers in St. Charles and St. Louis counties were encouraged to delay using interstates until after rush hour, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
Following an overflow of Deer Creek, the town of Brentwood in St. Louis County was evacuated. Ladue, one of Missouri’s wealthiest cities, was endangered by rising water levels. Flooding also prompted the closure of the Gateway Arch, one of the most well-known landmarks in the city.
More than 12 inches of rain is expected to fall in some areas of Missouri and Illinois, with flash flood warnings in force until Tuesday afternoon and isolated severe thunderstorms likely Tuesday night. Forecasters indicated that more storms were possible later in the week.