ST. LOUIS, Mo. (WDTN) — Parts of St. Louis, Missouri, and surrounding communities were under water Tuesday morning, as a historic flooding event unfolded.
Thunderstorms dumped 3.5 inches per hour over the same locations causing high water in many communities. As of 7 a.m., around a foot of rain has come down in areas just northwest of St. Louis.
Local authorities warned residents to stay home as water levels rose, leaving cars and motorists stranded.
This footage was recorded by Jens Petersen, who said it was taken from his apartment complex in the St Louis suburb of Hazelwood on Tuesday morning. He is heard saying, “My poor little car,” in the footage.
The city of St. Louis broke the all-time daily rainfall record before 7 a.m., as 7.02 inches of rain came down since midnight. This surpassed the old record of 6.85 inches, set on Aug. 20th, 1915.
This footage, posted to Facebook by the St Louis Fire Department, show scenes in St. Louis early Tuesday morning. According to the fire department, several vehicles were reported to be “completely submerged underwater,” and flood levels continued to rise at the time of recording.
Portions of I-70 in Missouri were impassible and shut down because of the high water. Cars were stranded on I-44 in downtown St. Louis.
Video filmed by Jerome Smith shows a flooded section of Interstate 70 in St Peters in the early hours of Tuesday.
Video streamed live by the Missouri Department of Transportation shows vehicles driving along a rain-covered Route 141 on Tuesday morning.
Water rescues were common, as some found themselves in quickly rising water during the flash flooding.
Fire Captain Garon P Mosby of the St Louis Fire Department shared the footage below of a water rescue on Tuesday morning.