Floodwater closes hundreds Illinois, Missouri roads, temporarily leaves downtown buildings without hot water

Water overwhelmed a pump station in St. Louis Saturday night, leaving many crowded hotels and Busch Stadium without hot water for a short time.

June 03, 2019 - 11:05 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX/AP) - The swollen Missouri and Mississippi rivers are closing hundreds of roads, inundating homes and businesses, and caused about a dozen buildings in downtown St. Louis, like Busch Stadium, to be without hot water for some time.

Locks and dams upstream of St. Louis are shut down as the Mississippi River crests at its second-highest level on record in some areas, straining agriculture levees.

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Floodgates also have been closed in St. Louis in advance of the river cresting there Thursday. Already the high water is causing problems.

Several hotels were crowded with visitors for the Stanley Cup Final and the Cardinals-Cubs games, including the Four Seasons in downtown, were left without hot water Sunday after too much water overwhelmed a pump station. The intense storm that passed through late Saturday casued a force main sewer failure at the Metropolitan Sewer District's pump station at Carr Street and Leonor K. Sullivan Boulevard. MSD spokesman Sean Hadley says that inundated the pump causing it to shut down, sending many feet of water into the basement of Ashley Energy.

Along the Missouri River, water levels were falling in Jefferson City after a crest that flooded rail tracks and airport property. Statewide, nearly 400 roads are closed. 

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The Army Corps of Engineers says a Missouri River levee that protects an area near the 1,400-person town of Winfield breached Sunday, forcing evacuations in a rural area.

On Saturday, the Missouri also overtopped two levees that protect a combined 1,500 acres. And sandbags were intentionally removed from a farm levee along the Mississippi River near Ste. Genevieve to allow water through and remove pressure downstream.

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson was touring flooded areas Monday in the northeast part of the state, where there have been around a dozen water rescues. Statewide, nearly 400 roads are closed, including part of U.S. 136.

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