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 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.

A portion of Interstate 70 near the town of St. Peters was closed Tuesday morning, the Missouri Department of Transportation reported. Local law enforcement said additional roads are closed. The Missouri State Highway Patrol asked drivers to avoid interstates in St. Charles and St. Louis counties until after rush hour.

Flash flood warnings will remain in effect until early Tuesday afternoon and isolated severe thunderstorms are possible Tuesday evening in some parts of Missouri and Illinois, which could see more than 12 inches of rainfall.

DOWNPOUR:People haven’t just made the planet hotter. We’ve changed the way it rains.

Contact Breaking News Reporter N’dea Yancey-Bragg at nyanceybra@gannett.com or follow her on Twitter @NdeaYanceyBragg

 

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