Flash flooding hits South County apartment complex, forcing some evacuations

AFFTON, MO  (KPLR) – Heavy rains, a flooding creek and blocked drains apparently all combined to cause big problems at an apartment complex near the River Des Peres Sunday afternoon. When Affton firefighters arrived, flood waters around the Cedar Creek Lodge Apartment Complex was seven feet deep.  Brijett Irons lives in the Cedar Creek Lodge Apartments says:  I’m very angry, very, very, angry I was down on the floor in tears that type of angry.” Heavy rains pounded the area, 24 apartments went under.  One man said, “It was incredible it was crazy.”

Officials estimated that some 20 cars were flooded and the insides of the vehicles are a smelly muddy mess.  Cambria Williams’s car was flooded, “Like a lose- lose situation for me no insurance and renters insurance is not going to cover it for me.”

Fire crews brought in boats to rescue residents; no one was injured during the operation.  However, after it was all over and the water dropped the muddy ground apparently caused one man to slip and fall, he refused treatment. The fire chief said Gravois Creek is next door and two blocked drains contributed to the flooding.  Chief Nick Fahs with the Affton Fire Protection District said, “I think it’s a culmination of a rapid rise of water and then a little bit of a rain issue.”

He said the clean-up will be challenging job. Chief Fahs said, “This water is very contaminated water and it’s on the bottom floors of each unit. The complex is going to have quite the cleanup effort.”​