FillThe rainfall shattered a century-old record in St. Louis and surrounding areas Tuesday as torrential downpours sparked flash flooding. 

It resulted in at least one death and stranded many residents in their cars and homes 

National Weather Service estimates there is a less than 1 in 1,000 chance of a rainfall event in St. Louis happening in a given year .

Rainfall totals of up to a foot were recorded in some areas northwest of the city.

According to St. Louis Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson, around 70 rescues had been conducted by firefighters by late Tuesday morning. 

An inflatable boat was used by the fire department to rescue six people and six dogs trapped in about 18 homes on one block in the western part of the city. 

Shelter-in-place was chosen by 15 people.

In spite of waning floodwaters Tuesday afternoon, Jenkerson said some roofs partially collapsed due to water's weight 

Property damage was deemed "significant" by him.