The St. Louis area is experiencing flooding this morning, with reports of dozens of vehicles submerged at a car lot, and several cars floating in the middle of I-70 near St. Peters.

Several roads were closed Tuesday morning, including 170, 70, 44, and 64.

Interstate-70 as well as Mid Rivers Mall Drive near St. Peters were been closed in both directions.

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St. Louis' Lambert Airport reported several flight delays.

Road Closure and Flooding Alerts:

8:40 AM UPDATE:
Mexico Rd and Spencer - OPEN
Mexico Rd and S Church - OPEN
Salt River Rd and Spencer - OPEN

7:45 AM:
I-70 EB and WB at Mid Rivers
North Service Road at Mid Rivers
Jungermann and Boone Hills
Mexico Rd and Spencer (Menards)
Mexico Rd and S. Church
Mexico Rd and City Centre Blvd
Salt River and Brown Road
Salt River and Spencer
Salt River and Arrowhead Industrial

We will keep this list updated as we get updated. If you do not have to drive, please don't. Rain is expected throughout the morning which will worsen road conditions and increase closures -- St. Peters Police

Emergency crews were at the scene of I70 and Jennings Road investigating a crash that was blocking the eastbound lanes.

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I-64 at Vandeventer Road near the St. Louis Zoo was also closed due to flooding.

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Firefighters rescued a Metro worker who was trapped on the roof of his car at South Lindbergh and Frontenac, it was reported.

Some areas in central and eastern Missouri as well as southwestern Illinois, could receive more than 12 inches, according to the National Weather Service.

Governor Mike Parson has issued the following statement in response to substantial rainfall and flooding occurring in the St. Louis area:

"I have been briefed on the extreme flooding in the St. Louis area. We appreciate the rapid and professional response of local first responders and emergency managers involved in flood rescues and other protective measures. We also thank our Missouri State Highway Patrol and MoDOT crews for working alongside local teams."

"The Missouri State Emergency Management Agency and Department of Public Safety are coordinating with local response agencies to provide additional assistance as needed to protect Missourians. Lt. Governor Kehoe has also been briefed on the situation and is ready to act on my behalf, if needed, while I am on our international trade mission."

"We urge Missourians to continue to follow the safety messaging of local authorities and avoid travel in flooded areas until floodwaters recede. Never attempt to drive in floodwater."

For the latest updates on flooding conditions and helpful tips, follow @MoPublicSafety, @MoSEMA_, and @MoDOT on Twitter. Missourians can also view updates on road conditions using the MoDOT Traveler Information Map.

One person died when a car in St. Louis was found covered in more than 8 feet of water. The water was above the roof of a car found just after 10 a.m. in a neighborhood near Forest Park. One person was pulled out but pronounced dead. Their identity has not been released.

Several puppies drowned when water got into a building at Stray Paws Adoptables, a stray dog rescue operation in St. Peters, a St. Louis suburb.

Damage across the region was widespread after a massive downpour dropped more than 12 inches of rain on parts of St. Charles County and up to 10 inches elsewhere in the St. Louis metropolitan area.

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