Inclement weather causes unexpected school cancellation

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Inclement weather causes unexpected school cancellation

Police close Highway 109 just North of Eatherton Road as flash flooding covers the road. Flash flooding across the Rockwood School District led to the cancellation of classes on Aug. 26.

Police close Highway 109 just North of Eatherton Road as flash flooding covers the road. Flash flooding across the Rockwood School District led to the cancellation of classes on Aug. 26.

Photo provided by Chris Carpenter

Police close Highway 109 just North of Eatherton Road as flash flooding covers the road. Flash flooding across the Rockwood School District led to the cancellation of classes on Aug. 26.

Photo provided by Chris Carpenter

Photo provided by Chris Carpenter

Police close Highway 109 just North of Eatherton Road as flash flooding covers the road. Flash flooding across the Rockwood School District led to the cancellation of classes on Aug. 26.

Chloe Baker, Web Editor

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Around 7:50 this morning, the Rockwood School District sent out a notification alerting teachers and parents that school for today, Aug. 26, will be canceled due to flooding in the area.

At 7:45 a.m., the National Weather Service released a flash flood warning for most eastern Missouri counties that will remain in effect until 10:15 a.m. Swift water rescues have been reported in Eureka and Wildwood due to this flooding. The National Weather Service’s radar has estimated there to have been between three and six inches of rain in the area.

Bus drivers, teachers and parents struggled to make it through the flooding to school this morning, causing the decision to cancel school throughout the district. Any student who was on a bus already when the announcement was made will be returned home.

“Due to localized flash flooding, Rockwood School District officials are closing the entire school district today, Monday, Aug. 26,” Superintendent Dr. Mark Miles said. “Buses and passenger cars are having trouble accessing roads around our schools. Rockwood transportation officials will turn our school buses around and return the kids home as soon as safely possible.”

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation (MODOT), two roads have been closed in St. Louis County due to flash flooding. Highway 141 under Highway 44 in Fenton, Missouri, is closed, along with Highway 109 near Wildhorse Creek Road is also closed. Highway 109 by Lafayette is flooded as well.

Senior make-up photos that were scheduled for today will be rescheduled.