Don't Like Ike! - KMOV.com

Don't Like Ike!

The remnants of Hurricane Ike went on a wet rampage as they rolled through our area Sunday morning. The storm, at that point a tropical depression, brought heavy rain and gusty winds to a wide swath of real estate. Flash flooding was a major problem.

Now, with Ike out of our hair, and with dry weather on the way for at least the next five days, our attention in the 4Warn Storm Center turns to river flooding. Water from Sunday's heavy rains will slowly run off into larger rivers, resluting in moderate to major flooding for many residents along the Missouri, Mississippi, Illinois, and Meramec rivers, among others. Some of these rivers won't crest until late this work-week, possibly even this weekend, so the river flooding threat will linger for quite some time.

For the very latest on the river flooding threat, click here. That link will take you to an interactive tool. Just click on the city closest to you to see the latest river stage and crest forecasts.

Since we'll spend most of the week looking ahead to the worst of the river flooding, let's take a look back to see what made Sunday morning such a disaster in the St. Louis area. To make a long story short, it was rain, rain, and more rain.

Lambert Interational Airport received 4.58 inches of rain, most of that in only a six-hour period. That's more than two-and-a-half times the amount of rain we received in the entire month of September last year, all in just a few hours. Check out some of the other rainfall totals from Sunday, listed from heaviest to lightest...

EDWARDSVILLE, IL -- 5.25
WELDON SPRING, MO -- 5.16
DARDENNE PRARIE, MO -- 5.15
ST. CHARLES, MO -- 5.14
ST. PETERS, MO -- 5.10
SPANISH LAKE, MO -- 5.10
WASHINGTON, MO -- 4.85
ALTON, IL -- 4.80
GODFREY, IL -- 4.75
KIRKWOOD, MO -- 4.70
BOWLING GREEN, MO -- 4.60
ST. LOUIS -- 4.58
MOUNT STERLING, IL -- 4.53
CADET, MO -- 4.50
GLEN CARBON, IL -- 4.50
SULLIVAN, MO -- 4.40
UNION, MO -- 4.31
HILLSBORO, IL -- 4.19
RICHWOODS, MO -- 4.06
BALLWIN, MO -- 4.04
EUREKA, MO -- 4.04
SIU EDWARDSVILLE, IL -- 3.98
ARNOLD, MO -- 3.94
CAHOKIA, IL -- 3.69
WENTZVILLE, MO -- 3.50
BELLEVILLE, IL -- 3.42
ST. CHARLES -- 3.31
DESOTO, MO -- 3.20
TROY, MO -- 3.15
PACIFIC, MO -- 2.95
VANDALIA, IL -- 1.89
FARMINGTON, MO -- 1.21
RED BUD, IL -- 1.10

Gusty winds were also problematic as Tropical Depression Ike moved across parts of Missouri and Illinois. Here are some of the strongest peak wind gusts from Sunday morning...

BELLEVILLE, IL -- 61 mph
ST. CHARLES, MO -- 53 mph
ST. LOUIS, MO (Lambert) -- 49 mph
CENTRALIA, IL -- 49 mph
CAHOKIA, IL -- 48 mph
LITCHFIELD, IL -- 47 mph
CHESTERFIELD, MO -- 41 mph
ALTON, IL -- 38 mph

The good news is that the rain is over, and we're expecting dry weather all week. The bad news is that local rivers are on the rise, and some major flooding is possible in the next few days. Stay with News4 and KMOV.com for continuing coverage.

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