Catastrophic flooding occurred overnight Monday into Tuesday in the city of St. Louis. Numerous roads were closed
due to the high water, including every single major interstate into the city: I-70, I-44, I-54. The train lines were underwater this morning (ABOVE) as well, bringing the city to a standstill. Roadways are now reopened and the airport is running on schedule but we wanted to recap some of the major impacts felt this morning in the metro area. For the press conference from St. Louis officials, click here
Sadly, the flooding was deadly as a motorist was trapped in their car under 8.5 feet of water. A Flash Flood EMERGENCY was issued for the city Tuesday morning, meaning there was a life threatening situation. Between 7-11" of rain fell in the city over the course of the early morning hours, overwhelming the soils and causing the flooding concerns. Fire department officials confirmed over 70 calls for rescues Tuesday morning in the city.
An daily rainfall record of over 8.5" was recorded in the city - this is the most rain St. Louis has ever seen in one day. The previous record was over 100 years ago, from a tropical system, which typically see higher rainfall totals within those types of storms. Monday - Tuesday's rainfall was all convective thunderstorms. Additionally, the city set a record for the highest amount of rainfall in a 24 hour period, which was also broken from 1915.
Many roadways remain closed until water subsides. Please use caution if you must go out, and do not drive through flooded roadways. The Weather Prediction Center has highlighted St. Louis to Louisville along I-64 for the moderate risk of excessive rainfall leading to flash flooding. We will likely see more issues throughout the day today as thunderstorms develop. Flood alerts are in place, please stay updated on the forecast and take precaution.
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