Heavy rain floods roadways, snarls traffic in Metro-East

Heavy rain floods roadways, snarls traffic in Metro-East

Heavy rain floods roadways, snarls traffic in Metro-East

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on June 22, 2013 at 4:50 PM

Updated Sunday, Jun 23 at 11:20 AM

(KMOV.com) -- Flash flood warnings were issued for parts of the St. Louis area on Saturday, as slow-moving storms brought heavy rainfall and frequent lightning.

Illinois State Police responded to reports of a van stuck in six feet of water on northbound Interstate 55 near the I-64 split. Authorities said three elderly women were in the van, and a tow truck was used to free the vehicle from flood waters.

On southbound I-55, traffic was snarled for several miles after heavy rain flooded a section of the highway.

In East St. Louis, the downpour flooded an underpass at Riverpark Drive and Third Street. One man tried to drive through the high water, and his vehicle stalled.

Storms also knocked out power in some Metro-East communities. Authorities confirmed about 5,000 customers lost power in Cahokia, Ill. That number had fallen to about 1,600 by 6 p.m.

The heavy rain moved out of the St. Louis area on Saturday night, but pop-up storms were expected again on Sunday.

Here are a number of links to help you prepare and track the system:

For up-to-date information on power outages visit the Ameren Missouri or Ameren Illinois outage maps.

Click here for the KMOV.com Storm Mode page with the latest weather condition updates.

Click here to upload your storm photos and video or e-mail photos to website@kmov.com

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