Interstate 70 buckles, flash flooding spreads as St. Louis storms cause widespread damage

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Posted on June 26, 2011 at 7:53 AM

Updated Thursday, Oct 17 at 12:16 AM

 

(KMOV.com) -- Storms that thundered through the St. Louis area Saturday night into Sunday caused widespread damage in addition to flash flooding.
 
News 4 photographers caught footage of flooding on baseball fields near Manchester Road, mud and water covering roads in St. Peters, and several vehicles throughout the area battling high water levels on many streets.
 
Mayor Slay, MSD, and city officials toured flooded areas of north St. Louis after the closing ceremonies for Marine Week.
 
Interstates around St. Louis were closed as highways became impassable, stranding some motorists in water nearly up to the top of their vehicle's hoods. A section of I-70 near West Florissant Road buckled from the force of flood waters. One of the eastbound lanes is closed due to a large sewer line collapse, and will remain shut down until the pavement is fully repaired. The other lanes are open.
  
Trees, limbs and power lines were brought down by the heavy wind and lightning.  Thousands of homes and business are still without power.
 
The storms delivered spectacular displays of lightning, with numerous reports of lightning strikes hitting trees and causing power outages.
 
Thousands went without power Saturday and into Sunday.

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