MSD, MoDOT preparing for potential flooding

The Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) and the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) are preparing for potential flash flooding.
Published: Mar. 23, 2023 at 3:20 PM CDT
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ST. LOUIS (KMOV) – The Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) and the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) are preparing for potential flash flooding.

First Alert Meteorologist Kristen Cornett is expecting a band of storms to move into the area Thursday night and continue Friday. There is a chance the rain could lead to minor flooding from the metro area south. Most of the area will see 2-3″ of rainfall, but locally higher amounts are possible.

News 4 caught up with MSD workers as they were out clearing storm drains around the area Thursday. This was normal maintenance work for them, as they have crews out almost daily clearing the drains in an attempt to prevent problems.

MSD told News 4 homeowners can take steps to protect their home, including clearing gutters of leaves, branches and other blockages, cleaning downspouts, cleaning stairwell drains and clearing draining paths on property.

Due to the potential flood threat, MoDOT made the decision to close the right lane of northbound Interstate 55 between Bayless Avenue and Virginia Avenue at 5 p.m. Thursday.

Depending on how long the potential flash flooding threat lasts, the lane could be closed through the Friday morning commute. There is also a chance that the Weber Road ramp to the northbound interstate could close.

For up-to-date traffic and travel information from MoDOT, click here.