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Here’s a list of road closures due to flooding

Flooding on Illinois 15 near Alorton

The metro-east remains under a flood watch as heavy rains linger over the region the rest of Sunday.
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The metro-east remains under a flood watch as heavy rains linger over the region the rest of Sunday.

Rain lashed the region over the weekend, with some areas seeing as much as six inches of precipitation, though the rain was expected to taper off Sunday afternoon.

There were reports of water covering several roads in the metro-east Sunday morning, while hundreds of roads were closed in Missouri due to flooding.

In Washington Park and Alorton, roads and basements were flooded. Brian Whitaker of the St. Clair County Emergency Management Agency said crews rescued one person from a vehicle stranded in flood waters in the Centreville area.

No injuries or fatalities were reported, Whitaker said, and no evacuations were necessary.

Though there were no road closures in the metro-east as of Sunday afternoon, there were reports of water on the roadway in multiple locations, according to the agency.

Belleville: South 29th Street

Caseyville: Acordi Drive, Countryside Drive, Forest Boulevard between Washington Park and Caseyville

Centreville: Pearl Avenue

Freeburg: 8500 block of Jefferson Road, 8200 block of Peabody Road, Illinois13 near Five Forks Road

Lebanon: US 50 west of Lebanon

Mascoutah: Brickyard Road

O’Fallon: Westbound lanes of US 50 near Reide Road between O’Fallon and Lebanon

St. Libory: Illinois 15

Multiple roads were closed in Missouri because of flooding.

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Water from the James River floods onto Farm Road 164 on Saturday in Springfield, Mo. Missouri Governor Eric Greitens declared a state of emergency because of flooding across southern Missouri. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch for most of the southern tier of Missouri through Sunday evening. (Nathan Papes/The Springfield News-Leader via AP) Nathan Papes AP

In Missouri, there were 362 closures statewide, according to the Missouri Department of Transportation’s traveler information map. Missouri Gov. Eric Grietens declared a state of emergency Sunday becuase of flooding across southern Missouri.

Floodwaters from the Gasconade River closed both lanes of Interstate 44 near Hazelgreen in Laclede County. The interstate could be closed through Monday evening.

Meramec Bottom Road south of St. Louis was closed Sunday morning between Kerth and Wells roads. Hawkins Fuchs Road at Meramec Bottom to Old Lemay Ferry was also closed.

U.S. 60 at Rogersville was reduced to one lane of traffic moving in each direction Sunday morning and U.S. 61, which was north of Troy at the Cuivre River.

Route B in St. Charles County, Missouri was closed in both directions because of flooding as of 6 a.m. Sunday.

Ameren reported about 1,000 customers in Macoupin County had lost power Saturday night, but power was largely restored by Sunday morning. Also, residents in Carlyle reported power outages to the town’s electric department but a spokesman could not be reached for comment about the number of outages.

The region remains under a flash-flood watch until 1 a.m. Monday.

Aaron Loveless talks about his flooded basement in Washington Park Sunday. Torrential rains lingered in the metro-east this weekend, causing flash flooding and road closures.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ St. Louis district, which covers the metro-east, opened its emergency operations center as meteorologists forecast 3 to 5 inches of rain for the weekend.

Here’s the latest forecast for the metro-east from the National Weather Service:

Sunday: Showers and thunderstorms. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. High near 74. South wind 11 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90 percent.

Sunday night: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1am. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 48. South wind 8 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph.

Monday: Breezy, cooler. A 20 percent chance of showers before 8 a.m. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 59. Southwest wind 10 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph.

Monday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 47.

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