Missouri’s record flooding has prompted acting Governor Mike Kehoe to sign an executive order declaring a state of emergency.
Kehoe is acting governor because Governor Mike Parson is in Germany on a previously-scheduled trade mission. Mr. Kehoe says state agencies are ready to provide assistance to Missourians in flood-impacted areas.
More than nine inches of rain fell in St. Louis late Monday night into Tuesday, with eight inches falling in a six-hour time frame. The National Weather Service (NWS) in St. Louis says it’s the highest 24-hour rainfall amount on record, topping the 1915 Galveston Texas hurricane.
Acting Governor Kehoe says St. Peters received more than 12 inches of rain, while O’Fallon had about ten inches of rain. The flooding led to hundreds of rescues across the St. Louis region, and first responders had to use boats on interstates and roads to rescue stranded motorists and residents.