Rescue efforts are underway across St. Louis after hours of record-breaking rainfall. Interstate 70 has been shut down after it was submerged in floodwaters. More than eight inches of rain has fallen in the past five hours – breaking a 100-year-old record. Click here to join Todd’s private Facebook page for conservatives.
“We’re being overrun here,” St. Louis Fire Capt. Garon Mosby said as he closed out a video on Twitter, urging people to avoid standing water.
The St. Louis Fire Dept. says they have been rescuing a number of stranded motorists and residents.
From television station KMOV:
At 3:30 a.m., first responders blocked off all lanes of eastbound Interstate 64 near Grand. It reopened just before 7 a.m. Tuesday. On Interstate 55, drivers were diverted off the highway before Potomac. Eastbound Interstate 44 is the third interstate affected. All lanes were closed at Hampton
Just past 6 a.m., the St. Louis Fire Department reported several cars stranded on Interstate 44 near Jefferson Avenue.
Drivers would have to find an alternate route on eastbound Interstate 70 near Natural Bridge and Jennings Station Road. In addition, Interstate 70 was closed in both directions near Mid Rivers Mall in St. Charles.
Cpl. Dallas Thompson with the Missouri Highway Patrol recommended drivers to not travel on interstates in St. Louis and St. Charles counties until after the morning commute to allow the water to recede.
Several streets in University City, Maplewood, and St. Louis City are deemed impassable. News 4 Damon Arnold spotted several cars that were tucked in the flooded roads with water up to their door handles. Crews rescued 6 people and 6 dogs after 18 homes in the 2700 block of Herimtage Avenue flooded. Roughly 15 residents chose to shelter in place.KMOV
#BREAKING: Hours of record rain fall is triggering flash floods in and around St. Louis, Missouri, with reports of rescues from residences and submerged vehicles. A flash flood emergency is in effect.— Moshe Schwartz (@YWNReporter) July 26, 2022
🎥 I-70, near St. Peters. pic.twitter.com/RLSYAKmmI3
Here's that video… pic.twitter.com/HoTVlF1q8d— KMOX St. Louis News (@kmoxnews) July 26, 2022
This is what my street looks like now in the St Louis flood pic.twitter.com/Nr2nSna0yg— Sarah Kendzior (@sarahkendzior) July 26, 2022
Flash Floods Swamp St. Louis Area, Breaking a Century-Old Rain Record https://t.co/QtECDkX2oc— Netional Dastak (@NetionalD) July 26, 2022
**All Time Daily Rainfall Record at St. Louis Shattered**— NWS St. Louis (@NWSStLouis) July 26, 2022
Through 7AM…8.06″ of rainfall has been observed @flystl which breaks the all time daily rainfall record from August 20th 1915 of 6.85″ (remnants of the Galveston 1915 Hurricane). #stlwx #mowx #ilwx
One of the MANY @STLFireDept responses this morning for motorists stranded in high water (900blk of N. Skinker).— Garon Patrick Mosby (@GaronMosby) July 26, 2022
At least three vehicles completely submerged. #STLCity #stlwx @NWSStLouis @NWS pic.twitter.com/04mQ919GgF