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Truck driver details being stuck in I-55 flood traffic

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All the water from the Meramec River over Interstate 55 in Arnold, Mo kept drivers sitting in traffic for hours.

Daniel Stowell said when he loaded up his cargo in Milwaukee, he never would’ve thought he was going to have delays because of flooding.

“I was supposed to deliver down here last night at Proctor and Gamble here in Jackson,"Stowell said. "I got to St. Louis and everything was going good, I got to south of St. Louis and I see break lights.”

What Stowell didn’t know was just a few miles down the road, the Meramec River rose so high, it poured across all lanes of I-55.

The five lane highway, both north and south, was down to just one lane, and it took hours for many people to get thru that short stretch of road.

"3 hours and 15 minutes I sat there,” Stowell said.

Emergency crews started sand-bagging the area and trying to pump water back off, but Stowell said that didn’t make things move any faster.

“Then you got people coming in from a different direction," he said. "Adding to the pile and it just got backed up, crawl along a little, you’ll move 20 feet then park”

Stowell said he finally got through with help of his bumper and made his cargo delivery, but he refuses to go back through St. Louis to get back home.

“I am not going to head north into St. Louis I guarantee you that! Stay away from that!” he said.

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