Colossal storm causes widespread flooding in St. Louis area


by staff

Posted on April 18, 2013 at 4:41 AM

Updated Thursday, Dec 5 at 4:10 PM

( – A massive storm system moved through the St. Louis area on Thursday, causing flash floods in several local cities.

Heavy rain led to flooding in some area municipalities, including Hazelwood, De Soto, Mo., Highland, Ill., Petosi, Mo., Belleville, Centerville and East St. Louis.

In Highland, the exit ramp on I-70 at mile marker 27 was covered in flood water, forcing authorities to close a portion of the highway.

According to De Soto city officials, a creek got out of its bank and was running through downtown businesses on the eastern side of the town. Officials also said the creek crossed over roads and flooded a trailer park and other homes.

Petosi, Mo. officials said more than three inches of rain led to most of the city’s streets being flooded. Jeff Benson, director of public works in Potosi, said two of the three main streets and all bridges except Water bridge and Lead bridge were closed.

Cars in East St. Louis were also stuck after drivers traveled through a flooded underpass.

In Clarksville, Mo., volunteers were racing to get sandbags up before the nearby Mississippi River overflowed.

Officials in Jefferson County said any resident who lives near a river, creek or large body of water needed to seek higher ground immediately because of quickly-rising water.

A flash flood watch remains in effect for several portions of the viewing area until 6 p.m.

News 4 Chief Meteorologist Steve Templeton said most of the storm system should leave the News 4 viewing area by around 7 p.m.

Looking forward, Friday will be much cooler with partly to mostly cloudy conditions.

Here is a list of roads that were reportedly flooded:

St. Louis County

- Baumgartner from Heintz to Weber Quarry

- Aubuchon Rd. and Teson Rd. in Hazelwood

- Grant Rd. from Gravois to Pardee

- Meramec Bottom from Hageman to Highway 21 and from Kerth to Wells (road closed)

Jefferson County

- 2nd at St. Louis in DeSoto

- Main St from Fredricka To Clark in DeSoto

- Rivermont Trail at Hidden Meadows

- Laguna Palma at Charter Church

- Boyd Branch at Laguna Palma

- Skullbones at Ficken

Madison County

- Bentrup Road at Williamson Avenue in Staunton

- Harris Lane at Vonnahmen Lane in Alton

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