ST. LOUIS (AP) – Record rainfall caused widespread flash flooding across the St. Louis area early Tuesday, killing one person, displacing many others and prompting rescues from vehicles and homes.
One person died when a car in St. Louis was found covered in more than eight feet of water. Several puppies drowned when water got into a building at Stray Paws Adoptables, a stray dog rescue operation in St. Peters, a St. Louis suburb.
Damage across the region was widespread after a massive downpour dropped more than 12 inches of rain on parts of St. Charles County, Missouri, and up to 10 inches elsewhere in the St. Louis metropolitan area.
Washington County, Illinois, reported the secondary dam of the Nashville Reservoir failed under burgeoning waters.
According to NOAA’S Precipitation Frequency Data Server (PFDS) this extreme rain event is a 1 in 1000 year event.
As of 11 a.m., Tuesday, the area broke the all-time daily rainfall record from August 1915 as 8.99 inches of rainfall was observed.