St. Louis Flood Emergencies Live Updates: Cars Stuck, Rescues Underway

  • First responders evacuated residents from a neighborhood in Ladue, Missouri.
  • Many vehicles were stranded and submerged in the St. Louis metropolitan area.
  • First responders were rescuing people from broken down vehicles.

People were being evacuated from their homes and rescued from their vehicles in the floodwaters of the St. Louis metro area after storms dumped several inches of rain on the area in just hours.

An emergency flash flood warning of a “life-threatening situation” has been issued for the area until late morning. This is the most severe and urgent flood warning issued by the National Weather Service.

Here is the latest news from the region:

6:35 a.m.: So much rain has fallen in such a short time that it is now the wettest day ever in St. Louis. The records here go back 148 years.

6:10 a.m.: Evacuations were underway in the Foxboro subdivision in Ladue, Missouri, due to flooding, Ladue Deputy Fire Chief Jeff Johnson told KDSK.

6:00 am: The St. Louis Fire Department said water rescues were underway through the metro. They said several vehicles were “completely submerged” on roads in the area.

5:50 a.m.: Two KSDK reporters became trapped in high water and had to be rescued on I-70 westbound near the Jennings exit. “Our car ended up being taken under the viaduct”, KSDK reporter Sydney Stallworth said. “You wouldn’t believe the number of cars stuck in the area.”

5:30 a.m.: The St. Louis National Weather Service said 6 to 10″ of rain fell in the metro area. weather.com senior meteorologist Chris Dolce said the flooding was caused by storms that “soggy repeatedly the same areas for several hours, like how a train would move on a track.”

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Total precipitation in the St. Louis metro area overnight.

4h50:

4:30 a.m.: Parts of I-70 We are closed in both directions to downtown St. Louis due to high water.

It is a current situation. Check back frequently for the latest updates.