Monday, August 15, 2016

Missouri Flooding Prompts Evacuations, Knocks Out Power to Thousands in St. Louis

Thousands lost power in the St. Louis area and more than 30 homes had to be evacuated south of the city due to flooding that swamped roads and even left a woman trapped as she went into labor.

The floods were triggered by heavy downpours Sunday night and Monday morning that followed a weekend of intense rainfall in St. Louis and southeastern and south-central Missouri.

Roads in St. Louis County were flooded, and more than 13,000 Ameren customers lost power Monday morning – many of which were in the St. Louis area – according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Some 50 miles to the south, about 30 homes were evacuated in De Soto when heavy rain caused flash flooding.


Parts of St. Louis County, especially in the Florissant area, received more than 7 inches of rain from late Sunday night into mid-morning, and the rain was still falling, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Patrick Walsh. Cape Girardeau in southeast Missouri had about 8 inches of rain for the weekend.


tags: severe weather, extreme weather

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