EAST ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- The governor has declared a state of emergency in Illinois. The flooding turned roads into rivers in the Metro East, with rescuers wading through water while answering calls for help.
Flooding enveloped neighbors on and near State Street in East St. Louis around 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon.
Those channels and canals that feed into larger rivers like the Mississippi and Illinois became overwhelmed with water that had nowhere to go.
It spilled into neighborhood streets and kept rising throughout the afternoon.
As you saw, East St. Louis firefighters were on the scene assisting people out of their flooded or soon-to-be flooded homes.
Cars couldn't escape the flood waters either. Cars and buses that weren't completely flooded had a difficult and dangerous time navigating flooded streets.
Always very dramatic to see flooding from the air as it paints a picture of how widespread the area is that we're talking about.