St. Louis, MO Flood, Aug 1915


Hundreds in City and Suburbs Driven from Homes by Nearly Six Inches of Rain.


Rescues Made in Boats--Levee Breaks at East Alton, Ill., Sending Flood Waters Through Town.

ST. LOUIS, Aug. 20.--- The storm that devastated the Texas Gulf Coast last Monday and Tuesday, sweeping northward, struck St. Louis with diminished fury last night and today, bringing with it the heaviest downpour in the history of the city, and causing a flood that drove hundreds of city and suburban residents from their homes.

Up to 5 o'clock tonight the rainfall since the storm began was 5.95 inches.

The flood here was due to back water in the storm sewers in the western part of the city and to a big rise in the River Desperes, which went out of its banks in the western and southern parts of the city, and flooded suburbs, interrupted train service, and caused annulment of street car service to suburban towns.

Through train service into St. Louis was affected by the storm which continued tonight. Rumors of drownings in Maplewood and other suburbs were unconfirmed.

By the middle of the afternoon every automobile road and street car line leading from St. Louis to the surrounding suburban towns had been closed because of high water.

Firemen were rescuing inhabitants of several suburbs from second-story windows in boats.

Four feet of water entered the subway of the Union Station, the underground passage through which baggage and mail is handled. The gates of the tunnel leading from Union Station to the main Post Office were closed, preventing damage to the latter building and its contents. Damage was slight.