ST. LOUIS – Part of Interstate 70 in St. Louis has been closed after a water outage left parts of it flooded Saturday night.
At 19:30, the lanes to the west and east of the interstate zone are closed near Union Boulevard. According to the St. Louis Fire Department, the water supply interruption is next to Bircher Boulevard.
The St. Louis Water Department is on site to begin repairs. No boiling order has been issued so far, a spokesman said. Officials are asking people to avoid the area as crews are working to repair the water supply.
A video taken by photojournalist 5 On Your Side shows several cars passing through the water before it was closed.
Missouri Department of Transportation traffic cameras show that traffic has intensified as water has begun to flood the interstate.
The St. Louis Fire Department said a woman and her four children were rescued from the car pictured below in the interstate. Captain Mosby also said that several passengers from another vehicle were rescued and several other vehicles were trapped in the water.
5 Justina Coronel, on your part, was talking to a man who said that the water was starting to tear in front of him and he decided to go through it.
“It took me about two seconds and I was shocked and I had to figure out how to get out of it and I’m still shocked,” he said.
“It started to rise to my feet and the brakes were covered, the seats were covered and it didn’t lift anymore. I was crazy, but you just have to meditate and ground yourself and tell yourself that everything will be fine.”
Another man stopped to make sure people were okay.
“I wanted to make sure people were okay, so I really stopped to make sure no one was afraid for their lives,” said Olivia Udard.
This is an evolving story and will be updated when 5 On Your Side gets more information.
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