The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a flash flood warning for Belleville, Illinois, near St Louis, on Tuesday, July 26.
The NWS office in St Louis recorded a new daily rainfall high of more than seven inches in only five hours on Tuesday morning, breaking a record set in 1915.
The Illinois Department of Transportation warned drivers to avoid traveling in flooded areas saying “turn around, don’t drown!”
Video posted by the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department on Tuesday shows flooded streets in Belleville. The sheriff’s department told people to “stay at home.” Credit: St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department, Belleville Illinois via Storyful