ST. LOUIS – Flooding Tuesday morning caused one person to die and 70 others were rescued in St. Louis City.
The death happened at about 10 a.m. at Rosedale Avenue and Enright Avenue. Police said a car was submerged in about 8.5 feet of water. When the water receded, a body was found inside the car. Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson said emergency crews pulled the person out of the vehicle. This incident is still under investigation.
Record rainfall caused widespread flash flooding across the St. Louis area early Tuesday, closing multiple roadways and prompting rescues from vehicles and homes.
Damage was widespread after a massive downpour dropped more than 11 inches of rain in parts of St. Charles County and up to 10 inches elsewhere in the St. Louis metropolitan area.
Deputy Public Safety Director Heather Taylor said the highways are mostly clear at this time, but it is still recommended for motorists to stay off them.
Bridges over the River des Peres are clear. Officials said it is emptying into the Mississippi River quickly because the Mississippi was low.
“City departments are working together to keep people safe and clear of water,” Taylor said.
Multiple city officials warned the public to stay away from standing water. Do not drive into standing water.
“You don’t know how deep it is. You don’t know how your vehicle is going to respond. It’s simply not safe. It’s not worth the risk. So we encourage people to drive around those locations,” Police Chief Mike Sack said.
There are still flooding issues at Lansdowne and Chippewa along River des Peres, Enright and Skinker, 1100 block of Hodiamont, and southbound Vandeventer at Ikea.
Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson said the fire department was first called to the main post office at 1720 Market at about 3 a.m. for an electrical issue in the second sub-basement. There was a lot of smoke in the basement there.
Any storm damage should be reported to the non-emergency number 314-622-4800. Down power lines should be reported to Ameren. Call them at 800-552-7583.
Sarah Russell, city emergency management agency commissioner, said a regional evacuation center has been set up at 8001 Dale Avenue in Richmond Heights. It is being staffed by the Red Cross. Supplies such as water, snacks, and shelter is also being provided by the Red Cross. More sites are being set up. Call 1-800-733-2767 to locate a near by shelter.
Remember to be cautious when re-entering a flooded dwelling.