Remnants of tropical storm Bill to bring heavy rain to the region

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – A flash flood watch remains in effect for the region.  Gov. Jay Nixon has just declared a state of emergency in Missouri over flooding concerns.

Rounds of rain and thunderstorms will continue to dump waves of heavy downpours across the region Thursday afternoon into this evening. This is the first extension of moisture surging out ahead of the remnants of Tropical Storm Bill. Rain should fall this afternoon and late this evening along and about 30 miles either side of I-44 in MO and I-70 in Illinois. Temperatures will hold steady in the upper 70s to near 80.

The arrival of “Bill” late tonight and Friday will keep the risk of heavy rain producing thunderstorms along with the risk of flash flooding and river flooding. The heaviest rain appears to be heading for areas along and south of I-70.

In addition to the Mississippi River, a number of smaller rivers and streams are expected to hit major flood stage including the Meramec River, the Bourbeuse River, the Cuivre River and Dardenne Creek.

Remember…don’t drown, turn around!

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