St. Louis reports record rainfall, massive flooding

St. Louis flood
Posted at 10:31 AM, Jul 26, 2022

St. Louis woke up to massive flooding on Tuesday as the city set its all-time one-day rainfall record by 7 a.m.

According to the National Weather Service, over 8 inches of rain fell between midnight and 7 a.m. Tuesday. The previous one-day rainfall record was set back on Aug. 15, 1915, when the remnants of a hurricane left 6.85 inches of rain.

Officials reported one death stemming from Tuesday's flooding.

Before Tuesday’s deluge, the National Weather Service reported abnormally dry conditions in St. Louis. The sudden onslaught Tuesday brought a flash flood emergency and water rescues.

Fire spokesperson Garon Mosby said in a video posted on Twitter, “We’re being overrun here.”

The heavy rain relented by mid-morning, but the National Weather Service said 1-3 inches of additional rain could fall in the area. The agency said some areas could get up to 12 inches of rain.