St. Louis Flooding Live Updates: Rescues Ongoing, Parts Of I-70 Shut Down – The Weather Channel
- First responders evacuated residents from a neighborhood in Ladue, Missouri.
- Many vehicles were stranded and submerged across the St. Louis metro area.
- Residents are being asked to stay home if it’s safe to do so.
People are being evacuated from their homes and rescued from their vehicles in floodwaters across the St. Louis metro area after storms dumped a historic amount of rainfall on the area in just a few hours.
A flash flood emergency warning of a “life-threatening situation” was issued for the area through the late morning. This is the most severe and urgent flood warning that the National Weather Service issues.
Here’s the latest news from the area.
(11:24 a.m. ET) Animal Shelter Flooded
Several puppies died when floodwaters rose into Stray Paws Rescue in St. Peters, Missouri.
“Firefighters/rescue teams with boats are on the way to assess the situation with our animals,” the shelter posted on Facebook earlier this morning. “Highways are closed. Roads are closed. We are distraught.”
An update said: “Adult dogs are okay. Sadly the puppies did not make it, the water levels were too high. Fly high little ones. Our hearts are breaking.”
The facility is accepting donations and applications for foster homes.
(11:13 a.m. ET) More Rain Than July And August Combined
There are aspects of this record-breaking rainfall that stunned even our team of meteorologists.
For one, more rain fell in St. Louis over a six-hour period than usually falls in a typical July and August combined.
Click here to read more of the most staggering facts about today’s flooding.
(11:02 a.m. ET) Park Pedestrian Bridge Collapses
A pedestrian bridge at Frontier Park in St. Charles, Missouri, collapsed due to erosion from the flooding, according to a social media post from the city.
(10:33 ET) Flash Flood Warning Remains In Effect
St. Louis, Chesterfield and University City are under a flash flood warning until 11:45 a.m. CT.
(10:17 a.m. ET) Creek Rises 21+ Feet in 7.5 Hours
Dardenne Creek in St. Peters has now risen 21.4 feet in 7.5 hours, according to the National Weather Service.
Typically, water levels in the creek are only 1 to 2 feet.
The creek is near one section of I-70 that’s closed due to flooding.
(10:13 a.m. ET) Families Reportedly Swimming From Their Homes
A local TV reporter said families are swimming out of their houses, surrounded by floodwaters, in southwest St. Louis.
KMOV-TV reporter Julia Avery posted a photo that showed water nearly over the top of a roadside stop sign in the Brentwood area.
(10:06 a.m. ET) Rainfall Total Tops 1 Foot
The highest rain total reported so far is 12.35 inches near St. Peters, northwest of the city.
(10:03 a.m. ET) Gateway Arch Closed
Gateway Arch St. Louis tweeted:
“ALERT: Due to flooding caused by record rainfall, the Gateway Arch is closed today, Tuesday, July 26.”
Ticket holders are eligible for a refund.
(10:01 a.m. ET) Residents Stranded As Neighborhoods Flood
St. Louis resident Amy Morten shared photos of her family’s cars sitting in floodwaters in front of their home.
Morten is stranded in her apartment.