Metro-east cleans up after storm; Scott hit hard by flooding

News-DemocratJune 24, 2013 

— For the second time in two months, torrential rains have caused flood damage across Scott Air Force Base.

Some of the worst flooding hit Hangar 3, where up to 8 inches of rain seeped by Monday morning, forcing the removal of several aircraft. Also hit hard was the basement of the headquarters building for the 375th Air Mobility Wing, which oversees base operations, according to 2nd Lt. Korey Fratini, a base spokesman.

Civil engineering crews have fanned across the air base to assess the full scope of the damage to buildings across base, including on-base housing, he said.

They're seeing "what is real damage and what is just stuff that just needs to be mopped up," Fratini said.

Despite the flooding, "work continues as normal," he said.

Scott Air Force Base received 4 inches of rain between 6 and 9 p.m. Sunday, the National Weather Service reported.

Two months ago, in late April, the air base received 5 inches of rain in one afternoon, causing Silver Creek to breach its banks and flood large parts of the base, including hangars and the 357th Air Mobility Wing headquarters building.

Meanwhile, pockets of metro-east residents remained without power Monday morning after electricity was knocked out by Sunday evening storms.

According to Ameren, about 80 customers in the Granite City area, 60 customers in the Washington Park area, 55 in Belleville, 37 in Collinsville and 25 in Fairmont City were without power at 7 a.m. Monday.

About 12,000 metro-east residents were without power at 9:30 p.m. Sunday following a storm that dropped nearly 4 inches of rain on parts of the area, felled tree branches across the area and damaged fences and garage doors.

More than 2,000 customers remain without power in Missouri on Monday morning.

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