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Flash flooding causes water rescues and road closures in St. Louis area

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV) – All four major highways heading into downtown St. Louis have at least one closure following flash flooding early Tuesday morning.

At 3:30 a.m., first responders blocked all lanes of eastbound Interstate 64 near Grand. It reopened shortly before 7 a.m. Tuesday. On Interstate 55, drivers were diverted from the freeway before Potomac. Interstate 44 eastbound is the third highway affected. All lanes have been closed in Hampton

Just after 6 a.m., the St. Louis Fire Department reported several cars stuck on Interstate 44 near Jefferson Avenue.

Drivers should find an alternate route on Interstate 70 eastbound near Natural Bridge and Jennings Station Road. Additionally, Interstate 70 was closed in both directions near the Mid Rivers Mall in St. Charles.

Cpl. Dallas Thompson with the Missouri Highway Patrol recommended that drivers not travel on highways in St. Louis and St. Charles counties until the end of 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 stuck in flooded roads with water up to the door handles. Crews rescued 6 people and 6 dogs after 18 homes in the 2700 block of Herimtage Avenue were flooded. Fifteen residents chose to shelter in place.

The Maryland Heights Community Center opened as an emergency shelter for residents. The University Town School District is advising families displaced by flooding to go to relief sites in Barbara C. Jordan, Pershing or Brittany Woods.

Residents of St. Charles County were asked to stay home Tuesday morning after 911 dispatchers were overwhelmed by the number of water rescue calls.

The Gateway Arch will be closed all day due to flooding from the record rainfall. Anyone with a pre-purchased ticket for the Tram Ride to the Top or the Documentary Film will be refunded as soon as possible.

MetroTransit advised riders that riders could experience up to two hours of delays for MetroBus, MetroLink and Call-A-Ride services. MetroLink station shuttles are busing passengers between the following MetroLink stations due to flooding:

  • Lambert Airport and Central West Ends Stations
  • Maplewood and Central West End Stations
  • Grand and Civic Center Stations

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