Flash flooding causing road closures, traffic delays and stranded cars

Storms moving through the St. Louis region caused flash flooding, road closures, and traffic delays.
Published: May. 14, 2023 at 5:49 PM CDT
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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV) - Storms moving through the St. Louis region caused flash flooding, road closures, and traffic delays. All of St. Louis, Missouri’s highways are now open with flood water receding.

The Cedar Creek Lodge apartments in South County also suffered during the flash flooding. The complex had a submerged parking lot Sunday evening due to the heavy rain.

Over a dozen cars could be seen in the water when News 4 arrived around 7:50 p.m. One resident Arneil Brooks said he believes the water at one point was as high as nine feet tall and said he had to quickly move his vehicle before it flooded.

“All the cars over here were underwater, and this is probably the worst it’s been since I’ve been here,” said Brooks.

The St. Louis Fire Department could be seen moving residents out of one of the buildings, but it is unclear if any of the rooms in the complex flooded.

Multiple residents said flooding occurred in the same parking lot last year.

I-55 in both directions was experiencing flooding and standing water at Bayless, according to MoDOT. The flooding had traffic at a standstill.

I-64 at Tamm was flooded with possible vehicles stranded, according to the St. Louis Fire Department.

Reavis Barracks at I-55 flooded and closed the road.

Union under I-55 also experienced flooding, closing the road.

The St. Louis Fire Department has responded to vehicles trapped in flood water at:

  • Alabama and Koeln
  • South Broadway and River Casino Drive
  • Germania and Primm
  • Ivory and Alabama
  • Manchester and Pierce
  • Forsyth and South Skinker
  • Alabama and Primm
  • 7700 block of Olde English Road
  • South Vandeventer and Chouteau
  • Germania and Field
  • River Des Peres and Gravois
  • 7800 block of Goya Place

Traffic was being delayed on I-44 eastbound at I-64 in St. Louis City due to flash flooding causing standing water on the highway, according to MoDOT. Traffic on I-44 was moving again as of 7 p.m.

MoDOT said a police emergency has shut down Lindbergh at I-64. A photo showed a car stopped in the middle of the road.

A severe storm watch was issued for much of the region until 10 p.m. tonight.

St. Louis County is in a flood advisory until 9:30 p.m., according to the St. Louis County Office of Emergency Management.

During flash flooding, the St. Louis City EMA said to avoid driving into standing water. Standing water can cause a car to stall, trapping it in the water.

As of 7:45 p.m., there were reports of four inches of rain in St. Louis City. There have been reports of 1.7 inches of rain in Eureka. Staunton, Illinois, reportedly had 2.7 inches of rain.