Crews respond to water rescues in Madison County, Mo.

Dozens of families are being forced out of their homes from flash flooding in Fredericktown.
Published: Aug. 4, 2022 at 5:48 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 4, 2022 at 5:04 PM CDT
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MADISON COUNTY, Mo. (KFVS) - Heavy rain from storms pushing through the Heartland have created dangerous driving conditions, especially in Fredericktown.

According to the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, firefighters and emergency crews responded to several water rescues because Saline Creek is flooding roadways.

The sheriff’s office said there were numerous vehicles stuck in high water.

The Fredericktown Fire department said they started responding to flooding emergencies around 3 a.m. and rescued 21 people from flood waters.

The Fredericktown Fire Department, with the help of volunteers and the city's Street...
The Fredericktown Fire Department, with the help of volunteers and the city's Street Department, rescued 21 people for flood waters and responded to numerous stranded vehicles in high water Thursday morning, Aug. 4(Source: Fredericktown Fire Department/Facebook)

Volunteers and the Fredericktown Street Department helped with the rescues.

The fire department said they also responded to numerous vehicles stranded in high water.

The Fredericktown Fire Department, with the help of volunteers and the city's Street...
The Fredericktown Fire Department, with the help of volunteers and the city's Street Department, rescued 21 people for flood waters and responded to numerous stranded vehicles in high water Thursday morning, Aug. 4(Source: Fredericktown Fire Department/Facebook)

Floodwaters are starting to recede, but several roads should be avoided and others may be closed.

A vehicle is stuck in a flooded ditch off of Highway Z in Fredericktown after heavy rain caused...
A vehicle is stuck in a flooded ditch off of Highway Z in Fredericktown after heavy rain caused flash flooding Thursday morning, Aug. 3.(Source: KFVS/Noland Cook)

The trouble areas are Highway Z, Lincoln Drive, South Mine La Motte Avenue, City Lake Road and low water bridges.

As of 7:30 a.m., the sheriff’s office says water is starting to recede, but the following roads remain closed:

  • Highway Z is closed from Chamber Drive to Cap America Drive
  • S. Mine la Motte is closed from East College to Bloomfield Road
  • Eric Street is closed at S. Mine La Motte Ave.
  • John Holt is closed at S. Mine La Motte Ave.
  • Buford is closed at the low water bridge

These might not be the only roadways covered by water.

Drivers are urged to never drive through flooded roads. It only takes a few inches of water to sweep a vehicle off of a roadway.

In addition to the rescues, the fire department said they were called to areas with down trees, downed powerlines and to investigate smoke possibly coming from a commercial building which was filled with flood waters.

No injuries have been reported.

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