The Saint-Louis region hit by new floods, prompting rescues

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Heavy rains caused another round of flooding in the St. Louis area that was already recovering from record rains earlier this week, prompting firefighters to help dozens of people escape floodwaters .

No injuries were reported in Thursday’s flooding, but the St. Louis Fire Department said on Twitter that it responded to 75 flood-related emergencies and 60 people were rescued or brought to safety.

Among the rescues, the department said firefighters transported six children to safety from a day care center at Cornerstone Institutional Baptist Church, where 15 children and three adults were believed to be trapped.

The thunderstorms that began Thursday afternoon lasted a few hours and dropped about 2 to 4 inches (5 to 10 centimeters) of rain, according to early estimates from the National Weather Service.

Debbie Boshans, her husband and their cat had been rescued Tuesday from their home due to flooding, and they were working to load things onto a trailer Thursday when the rain started falling again, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. Their street was flooded a second time.

“I can’t believe this is happening again,” Boshans son-in-law Kyle Mathes told the newspaper. “It’s a double whammy.”

Earlier in the week, a storm system dropped more than 12 inches (30 centimeters) in St. Charles County and up to 10 inches (25 centimeters) in other areas Tuesday and Wednesday. This caused widespread flooding. Parts of southern Illinois were also flooded after heavy rains.

Authorities said two men drowned during the earlier storm in the St. Louis area.

The Weather Service said the rain that began early Tuesday was the most prolific in the St. Louis metropolitan area since records began in 1874.

The flooding occurred the same week that heavy rains caused deadly flooding and massive property damage in central Appalachia.