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Overnight storms cause flooding, power outages across St. Louis area

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Several severe storms moved through the St. Louis area Thursday night, leading to thousands of reported power outages, flooding and water rescues across the region.

Levee breach in Lincoln County

Evacuations were underway in Winfield - in Lincoln County - after authorities said water went over a levee on the McLean Creek. Twenty-five people living east of Highway 79 were forced out of their homes due to the flooding, police said. Friday morning, Highway 79 in Old Monroe and other smaller roads in the area remained closed due to the flooding, click here for an updated list of closures from MoDOT.

The levee breach was also responsible for major flooding in the Troy, Missouri area. Debbie Thurman, a resident of the area, told News 4 her basement was flooded and water was coming up to the second floor of her home. She also said her car was filled with flood water.

At least 12 people had to be rescued from the water.

Jefferson County flooding

Residents in Kimmswick are concerned about the rising Mississippi River and will be filling sandbags to try to fight off the waters. Forecasts indicate the river will crest at 39.5 feet on Tuesday.

Metro-East storm damage

In Granite City, a building in the Maryland Manor apartment complex was hit by lightning, causing a fire to break out. Firefighters said lightning hit a chimney causing a fire to spread across the roof. One resident said it sounded like a bomb going off.

According to the Belleville Fire Department, the storms caused power lines to fall across railroad tracks on 44th Street. The fire department quickly responded to the scene and were able to prevent trains from going over the downed lines. Ameren crews said the downed lines should not cause much of an impact today.

Power outages

Ameren said around 23,000 people were left without power in the St. Louis as area as storms moved through on Thursday night.

Around 15,000 people in Illinois and 8,000 people in Missouri did not have power throughout the night. Officials with Ameren Illinois said all power is expected to be restored by 6 Friday night.  

The storms were also responsible for tree damage in Florissant.

Below you'll find a number of links that will help you and others track the storms:

Click here for the KMOV.com Storm Mode page with the latest weather condition updates. Click here for our interactive radar. If you're on a mobile device, click here for full weather coverage.

Click here to report, or check, Ameren power outages.

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

You can also stay aware of any weather threat with radar and forecast updates by downloading the KMOVmobileapp!

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