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Heavy rain this morning left behind street flooding, closed businesses and stranded cars in the Metro East. Granite City appeared to be hardest hit with a half a foot to a foot and a half of floodwater on some roads Monday morning. Rain totals were estimated between 5 and 8 inches in Madison County.
Roads in Alton, East Alton, Godfrey and Granite City were impassible at times, with streets near Granite City High School and Granite City Steel the worst hit. The viaduct in East Alton near Regions Bank was impassible for part of the morning rush, and there was standing water on Landmarks in Alton near Henry Street. Police also responded to road on the roadway that was sliding off the bluffs in Jersey County near Elsah earlier today. Nameoki Road in Granite City experienced some of the worst flooding with anywhere from 6 to 18 inches of water on some sections. Several vehicles that tried to drive through the water became stranded. At one point, Granite City Police warned motorists to stay home due to the high water and to cut down on possible calls for help.