St. Louis, Missouri, experienced historic downpours on Tuesday when a storm dumped more than 8 inches of rain, causing widespread flash flooding that left motorists stranded and residents fled their homes.
Thunderstorms developed overnight Monday through Tuesday morning, bringing heavy rain and gusty winds.
Early Tuesday, the city had 8.06 inches seen rain, surpassing the previous daily precipitation record of 6.85 inches on August 20, 1915, according to the St. Louis National Weather Service.
At least six people and six dogs had to be rescued by boat from flooded homes, the St. Louis Fire Department said. The fire brigade moved out because of significant flooding in about 18 houses. More than a dozen people chose to take shelter on the spot tweeted.
Numerous roads were also closed in the greater St. Louis area, including parts of Interstate 70. Video shows cars stranded on the flooded Interstate and firefighters rescuing drivers from their vehicles.
The rain triggered a flash flood emergency for St. Louis County and St. Louis City. Flash flood warnings for St. Louis, Chesterfield and University City continued through 9:30 a.m. local time, according to the Weather Service.
O’Fallon, St. Charles and St. Peters are under flash flood warning until 12:15 p.m. local time.
In nearby Maryland Heights, residents have been urged to avoid travel during the storm.
“Many roads in our area are flooded and closed. Other roads stand still [to] heavy traffic as drivers try to find “alternative routes”. Maryland Heights Police Department tweeted.
Governor Mike Parson was briefed on the situation.
“Lt. Governor Kehoe has also been briefed on the situation and stands ready to act on my behalf if necessary while I am on our international trade mission,” he said in a statement. “We are urging Missouri residents to continue to follow safety advice from local authorities and avoid travel to flooded areas until flood waters recede. Never try to drive in flood water.”
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/weather/historic-rainfall-st-louis-leaves-cars-stranded-flooded-streets-reside-rcna39997 Historic rains in St. Louis leave cars on flooded streets and residents flee their homes