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Hail, heavy rain create problems throughout St. Louis area

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Flooding at Interstate 44 and Highway 141 in St. Louis Flooding at Interstate 44 and Highway 141 in St. Louis
ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – Tuesday morning storms brought large hail and heavy rain across the St. Louis area.

The storms entered the News 4 viewing area around 8:00 a.m. and centered over downtown St. Louis around 10:30 a.m.

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As the storms moved across the region, there were several reports of flooded streets and vehicles being stuck in high water. Flooding closed roads in Chesterfield and caused standing water across Interstate 44 at 141.

According to police in Wildwood, flash flooding was also seen at Wildhorse Creek near the 18900 block.  A tweet by the St. Louis County Police Department quoted a resident saying it was the worst flooding he had seen in 35 years. 

Around 10:15 a.m., a tractor trailer accident in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 44 closed the roadway and created a traffic back up.

A lightning strike caused a Mississippi River traffic signal on the Eads Bridge to malfunction. Crews notified the Coast Guard to inform any barge traffic of the issue. MetroLink was not affected by the malfunction.

Shortly after the heavy rain moved out of the downtown area, around 11:30 a.m., a rollover accident occurred in the southbound lanes of Interstate 55 at Lindbergh. At least one person was injured in the accident, the extent of injuries was not known. 

Others did not have problems on the roads, but had flooding problems at home. In Franklin County, 14 people had to be evacuated from a trailer park after Pin Oak Creek in Villa Ridge overflowed its banks.Residents were rescued after a truck with the Boles Fire Protection District drove by and saw the rising water. Firefghters were able to walk 10 adults and four children to safety. Many residents spent the afternoon surveying the damage.

Several homes in Webster Groves and Kirkwood had their basements and backyards flooded. Some homes in Kirkwood are in a flood zone. To find out if you live in a flood zone, click here. To see if you need flood insurance, click here.

The rain also caused flooding at polling places in the Metro East. At Centreville City Hall, flooding forced poll workers to move voting booths to Centreville's City Council chambers from the city hall's gym. 

As the weather system worked its way across the area, News 4 viewers sent in their weather photos. The viewer photos showed piles of hail in areas across the region, but seemed to have the most hail near Ballwin.

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