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Photo shows several feet of water outside St. Louis high school after heavy rain

KIPP St. Louis High School sent out a message to parents saying, "all students & staff are safe."

ST. LOUIS — Some families faced a roadblock while trying to get their kids from a school near downtown Monday afternoon. That roadblock was high waters, caused by heavy rains that hit the St. Louis area.

KIPP St. Louis High School, located on Jefferson and Washington street, had several feet of rainwater in the parking lot.

Photos posted by Anthony Norwood on social media showed cars in the parking lot with water nearly up to their headlights. Water was halfway up to the door handle at an entrance to the school.

In a statement, the school says water rose to about 2 feet. 

Crews are cleaning up and assessing the damage. It was unclear how much water got into the school.

The 5 On Your Side forecast showed scattered showers and thunderstorms were possible, which produced rainfall and flooding. 

The school says everyone is safe. Below is the statement they sent out to families:

The Kipp High school parking lot is experiencing some flooding on Washington and Jefferson Ave. side due to the thunderstorm. All students & staff are safe. Dismissal occurred on the 23rd street side of the building as usual. All buses have left KHS safely and a water team is on-site.

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