By early afternoon, the National Weather Service in St. Louis was reporting that just over 9 inches had fallen — more rain than the city normally gets for the months of July and August combined. The last record, 6.85 inches, was set in 1915. Some parts of the region saw close to 11 inches of rainfall, according to the weather service.
The rainfall started around midnight. By 5:30 a.m., drivers were faced with dangerous driving conditions. A few hours later, cars and dumpsters were submerged in water as deep as a swimming pool.
Buddha Poutthasith, 21, was driving in the rain before sunrise when his car became submerged.
"I just heard a big 'whoosh,' and waves — and next thing you know I’m in 3-4 feet of water," he said. He and his mother had to wade through the water on Forest Park Parkway to get to safety.
View scenes from the aftermath below.
Local residents shared pictures of the flooding in their neighborhoods. Do you have pictures of the record-breaking rainfall? Email them to email@example.com with your name and where the picture was taken.
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Record-breaking rainfall flooded many parts of the St. Louis region, including the Forest Park-DeBaliviere Metrolink station, pictured on Tuesday.
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A parking lot at Hazelcrest Condominiums begins to overflow with floodwater in Hazelwood on Tuesday.
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A grassy field along Route 141 in Chesterfield on Tuesday.
Brian Munoz is a staff photojournalist and multimedia reporter at St. Louis Public Radio. You can reach him by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow his work on Instagram and Twitter at @brianmmunoz.
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