ST. LOUIS — Historic rainfall moved through the St. Louis area Tuesday morning and brought flash flooding with it.
More than 9 inches of rain fell across the area through noon which beats the all-time record for rainfall of 6.85 inches that was set on Aug. 20, 1915. The previous record of rain was due to the remnants of the Galveston hurricane.
Most of the area has seen between 5-12 inches of rain with some areas seeing more than 12 inches. Streets and interstates across the St. Louis area experienced flooding and ponding. Multiple drivers have been rescued from flooded roadways, including two KSDK reporters.
Sydney Stallworth and Mercedes MacKay were on their way to report on the flooding when they got caught along an interstate. Luckily, first responders were able to get them out of their vehicle safely.
Watch Stallworth’s interview with her rescuers in the video below:
Several interstates were closed throughout the morning due to flooding. The main flooding concerns were along Interstate 70 in St. Louis city and county with multiple closures along the route.
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Metro Transit said its MetroBus, MetroLink, and Metro Call-A-Ride were all affected by flooding conditions Tuesday. Click here for the latest updates.
In addition to the roadways, residents across the area have also reported flooding in their homes. A few emergency shelters have opened up across the area for those who have been displaced.
Click here for the list of shelters.
So far, St. Louis police have reported one fatality due to the flooding. Officials said the person drowned in a car on Skinker Boulevard and Rosedale.
Gateway Pet Guardians is asking for fosters after another shelter experienced flooding Tuesday morning. A Facebook video shows dogs standing in water in their kennels at the St. Clair County Animal Shelter.
The rainfall brought significantly lower temperatures across the area with morning highs in the 60s. As the rain clears out by Tuesday afternoon, the high temperatures will hover in the high 80s.
Another round of rain is expected to move through the St. Louis area early Wednesday morning.
To see the full forecast, click here.