John Ward, left, and a firefighter help Lynn Hartke wade through the flash floodwater on Hermitage Avenue in St. Louis on Tuesday, July 26, 2022.

St. Louis flooding leaves people stranded after historic rain

Missouri first responders rescued people trapped in their homes and vehicles Tuesday morning after record rainfall caused flash floods in St. Louis and other parts of the state.

Thunderstorms drenched the St. Louis metro area in a “historic rainfall” of up to 10 inches causing widespread flash flooding and forcing roads to close, the National Weather Service said. The previous record of 6.85 inches was set Aug. 20, 1915.

The rainfall sparked “dangerous life-threatening flash flooding” across central and eastern Missouri and southwest Illinois, according to the National Weather Service.

The St. Louis Fire Department used boats to rescue six residents and six dogs who had been trapped inside their homes due to substantial flooding as well as motorists stranded in high water.

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