St. Louis-area storms leave motorists stranded, thousands without power

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on June 17, 2013 at 5:11 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 17 at 8:08 PM

(KMOV)--- A line of storms brought a heavy downpour of rain, stranding several drivers in the St. Louis area Monday afternoon.

The storms moved across the area beginning at 2 p.m. and brought heavy rain and strong winds. The storm's intensity picked up shortly after 3 p.m. 

Flash flood warnings were in effect for several portions of the metro viewing area until 8 p.m. Monday night. 

Several cars were stranded along Kingshighway in south St. Louis after flash flooding hit the area. Witnesses say the water came up their chests with others having to be rescued by nearby service workers.  

A 58-year-old woman was rescued from her Toyota Camry along Tholozan by Toyota service workers after her car stalled out in the flooded street. 

Cars parked in the Ackerman Toyota dealership lot were seen filling with water in the area of Kingshighway and Chippewa after they were hit with about three feet of rain in a short period of time.

The flooding near Kingshighway and Chippewa receded, but there may be nearby pockets of flooded roads. In some spots 2 inches to 3 inches of rain fell in less than 2 hours.

The Mayor of East St. Louis issued an advisory warning residents to not cross the Eades Bridge into East St. Louis after water flooded the roadway. 

Several homes along Riber Des Peres on the 7400 block of Ahern Avenue were reportedly flooded after the heavy rain fall. 

An apartment in University City was evaucated on the 8000 block of Hafner after the high water threatened the residents of the first floor, leaving them with little time to gather belongings. 

At least 4,200 people were without power in Missouri at some points, with 800 of those in St. Louis City and in Kirkwood, 100 in Fenton and more than 2,000 in the St. Louis County area. About 1,800 Illinois residents were in the dark after the strong winds took out area power lines. 

At the intersection of S. Filmore and East Clinton Place water flooded over the road in Kirkwood. 

Strong winds uprooted several trees across Madison County as the line of storms rolles through. 

News 4 had live team coverage across the area following up on several reports of flooding and stranded vehicles. 

No injuries were reported.

 

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