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Storms cause flooding at hospital, force evacuations across St. Louis area

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A mobile home park in Jefferson County had to be evacuated due to flooding overnight A mobile home park in Jefferson County had to be evacuated due to flooding overnight
Mercy Jefferson County hospital sustained water damage overnight Mercy Jefferson County hospital sustained water damage overnight

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Storms were responsible for multiple rescues, evacuations, and swaths of damage across the St. Louis area Wednesday night.

Authorities say seven inches of rain fell in Jefferson County in just two hours, prompting a state of emergency to be declared. Multiple bridges were closed because of significant damage.

Throughout the night, there were several water rescues and evacuations in Jefferson County, including the Mercy Jefferson Hospital. Hospital officials told News 4 heavy rainfall forced the Emergency Department to close their doors and relocate to a different area of the hospital to continue caring for the patients. No patients were turned away during the relocation but it is estimated the Emergency Department will remain closed until Monday.

In a press release, the hospital disclosed that 22 patients had to be relocated to another area during the incident. All services are functional while crews continue clean-up operations. The hospital is requesting that only patients considered urgent to respond to the hospital, those with minor injuries should be transferred to other hospitals. 

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Also in Jefferson County, the Lakeside Mobile Home Park had to be evacuated. During the early morning hours, more than 15 boat trips were needed to rescue adults, children and pets from the flooded mobile home park. Jefferson County Fire Marshal Kevin Morrison told News 4 at least 60 people were rescued from the area.

According to firefighters, there was a water rescue somewhere on Meyer Road near Festus. Authorities also said there was also a man is trapped in his home on Montauk Drive near Highway 67. De Soto rural firefighters assisted in evacuating people from Olympian Village.

A shelter for flooding victims was established at the Telegraph Intermediate School, located at 1265 Dooling Hollow Road, in Festus. 

The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) closed four lanes near the Interstate 44/Interstate 55 split just south of downtown due to flooding. Flash flooding was reported on Park Avenue in south St. Louis. Flooding was also reported in St. Charles, Maryland Heights, and St. Ann. There was a report of tree down near a home on Guthrie in Woodson Terrace in St. Ann.

Several homes on Isolda Road in Breckenridge Hills were flooded out due to the heavy rainfall.

At Forest Park, storms also knocked down some trees and some equipment set up for Fair St. Louis.

According to Ameren, around 6,000 customers in the St. Louis area did not have power throughout the night.

No serious injuries were reported due to the flooding overnight.

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 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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