Morning Storms Cause Major Traffic Issues
EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (KMOX) – The worst of this morning’s storms have passed through St. Louis and moved into southwestern Illinois but the leftovers are still causing problems. (View KMOX’s Traffic Map)
Mary Jo Daniels was in one of the trouble spots Thursday around 8 a.m.
She told KMOX that eastbound 64/70 in East St. Louis was completely covered in about six to eight inches water.
“We are forced to get over into one lane and plow through this water cover highway.”
Daniels says highway crews are trying to unclog the drain that’s causing the backup.
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Spokesman David Wrone with the St. Louis County Highway Department says his department has not had to deal a lot of problems so far. “We have no trees down, that have been reported at least, and no dark signals.”
However, they are keeping a close watch on other low-lying stretches that tend to take on water during heavy rains, such as Meramec Bottom and Teson Roads.
Now if you see water over roadways, if it’s moving at all, don’t drive through it.
In addition to high water in spots there have been a few lightning strikes, one at the McDonald’s in Wood River, Il., the other at the Praxair Inc. in Cahokia, Il.