Flash flooding hits SAFB; cars underwater and offices flooded


MASCOUTAH, Ill. – Scott Air Force Base was hit hard by flash flooding Wednesday. By late morning, all the gates were temporarily closed to incoming traffic.

Parts of Illinois Routes 158 and 161, as well as Route 4, were underwater—even closed in some cases—just outside the base.

Photos posted to the base’s Facebook page showed widespread flooding inside the gates.   

Residents and civilian employees said the flooding was the worst they had seen there.   

Bommarito Automotive Skyfox was over the base this afternoon and found many parking lots underwater.

This area is subject to flooding during heavy rains.

A spokesman for the 375th Air Mobility Wing on base told FOX 2 that South Drive, which runs along the airstrip, was closed by floodwater. A few people’s vehicles had to be towed from the water. More than one office building and housing using units were flooded. Water was found in hangars as well.

A “minimal movement” order was issued for people to stay in place if possible but the order was lifted by late Wednesday afternoon as all roads on the base had reopened.

The early word from a damage assessment team on the base was that the damage was expected to be relatively minor.  

No injuries were reported.

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