Relentless Rain Floods Parts of Brentwood

A car stalls on Brentwood Boulevard near Elm Street. The driver was rescued by a tow truck operator. She sat in his truck as he directed traffic away from the flooded portion of the road. (All photos by Steve Bowman)
A car stalls on Brentwood Boulevard just south of Russell Ave. The driver was rescued by a tow truck operator. She sat in his truck as he directed traffic away from the flooded portion of the road. (All photos by Steve Bowman)

Boat rescues on Manchester; Brentwood Park a river

 
By Steve Bowman
Editor, The Brentwood Spirit
Email: bowmansj@sbcglobal.net

Video footage of flooding in Brentwood made the national news over the weekend as rain and thunderstorms hit the area. Several inches of rain fell on Saturday, causing portions of Manchester Road to be closed to traffic due to flooding.

Brentwood Park became a river as Deer Creek overflowed its banks and made portions of Brentwood Boulevard impassable.

The water looked to be up to several feet deep on Manchester near Ruth Ave., causing Brentwood firefighters in boats to rescue eight people trapped in cars and nearby businesses. Rescuers said the trapped drivers had apparently gotten stuck trying to drive through the flooded portions. No injuries were reported.

Firefighters rescued the owner of Discount Smoke Shop, 8519 Manchester Rd., among others.

At American Locksmiths the water was about a foot deep in the parking lot and 2 inches deep inside. It’s the fifth time the business has flooded in 36 years, owner Bruce Becker told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The dramatic scene of rescuers in boats on Manchester was shown on at least two national evening news shows Saturday.

Also on Saturday afternoon, the banks of Deer Creek spilled over into Brentwood Park and across Russell Avenue. The water flooded the yard of at least one home on the north side of the road.

The rain is expected to stop by late Monday, after up to 10 inches has fallen on some portions of Missouri since Saturday. The almost continuous rainfall makes 2015 officially the wettest year on record.

A tow truck driver directs traffic away from a flooded portion of Brentwood Boulevard on Saturday afternoon.
A tow truck driver from Always Towing directs traffic away from a flooded portion of Brentwood Boulevard on Saturday afternoon. The driver of the car behind him is seated in his truck. The onlookers in the background are standing in the parking lot of the Brentwood Metro Garage.
Brentwood police block northbound traffic on Brentwood Boulevard.
Police block northbound traffic on Brentwood Boulevard.
Residents of Manderly Drive watch water flow east on Russell Avenue after covering Brentwood Park.
Residents of Manderly Drive watch water flow east on Russell Avenue after covering Brentwood Park on Saturday afternoon.
Water from Deer Creek spills over a berm at Brentwood Park.
Water from Deer Creek spills over a berm at Brentwood Park.
Water nearly surrounds a house after crossing Russell Avenue just north of Brentwood Park.
Water surrounds a house after crossing Russell Avenue just north of Brentwood Park.
Water flows down steps at Brentwood Park.
Water flows down steps at Brentwood Park on Saturday afternoon.
A baseball diamond is a river at Brentwood Park.
A baseball diamond is a river at Brentwood Park.
Another scene from Brentwood Park.
Only the roof of a picnic table shelter is visible at Brentwood Park.
Bleachers are nearly covered by floodwater at Brentwood Park.
Brentwood Park bleachers are nearly covered by floodwater.
Manderly Drive resident Jill Snare stands in the middle of Elm street.
Manderly Drive resident Jill Snare stands in the middle of Russell Avenue.

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