One Person is Killed as ‘record’ Rains Produces Flash Flooding in the St. Louis Area!
Tuesday, flash floods were caused by record rainfall in St. Louis and other parts of Missouri. One person died and several others were stuck in their cars and homes.
The National Weather Service said that thunderstorms dumped up to 10 inches of rain on the St. Louis metro area, which caused widespread flash flooding and closed roads. In 1915, when the remains of a hurricane moved north, the previous daily record of 6.85 inches was set. At Lambert Airport, 8.3 inches of rain fell by Tuesday morning.
National Weather Service meteorologist Marshall Pfahler said a storm moved into the St. Louis area around midnight and stalled, pouring water over the same relatively narrow band. The rainfall sparked “dangerous, life-threatening flash flooding” across central and eastern Missouri and southwest Illinois, according to the National Weather Service.
At a news conference on Tuesday, St. Louis Fire Department Chief Dennis Jenkerson said that one person died after being pulled from a flooded car in an area with 8.5 feet of water. Jenkerson said that there was “a lot” of damage to property, but not many other people were hurt.
In St. Louis, floodwaters crept into homes and vehicles. Jenkerson said the fire department rescued or assisted more than 70 residents. The department used boats to rescue six residents and six dogs and freed motorists stranded in high water.
In St. Peters, a town northwest of St. Louis, a building that housed the stray dog rescue Stray Paws Adoptables flooded, killing several puppies. Other dogs were saved from the building by firefighters in boats.
A portion of Interstate 70 near St. Peters was closed Tuesday morning, the Missouri Department of Transportation reported. Local law enforcement said additional roads were closed. At one point, sections of interstates 64, 55, and 44 also were shut down in the St. Louis area.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol asked drivers to avoid interstates in St. Charles and St. Louis counties until after a rush hour.