The Duke Bakery store in Granite City was one of the businesses affected by Monday’s flash flood. Officials say flash flooding Monday is attributable to a weather event called thunderstorm “training.” “The intensity of the rain was unusual,” County Board Chairman Kurt Prenzler said. “No one has seen anything like it.” The storm hit around 3 a.m. Monday, causing severe flash flooding in Chouteau, Nameoki, Granite City and Venice townships. The hardest-hit area was Granite City where streets flooded, cars stalled and residents evacuated their homes after Mother Nature pounded the area with rain for more than five hours. Prenzler said there were several factors that led to the flash flooding — the actual rain event itself in combination with low-lying areas and inadequate storm drainage. Jared Maples , a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said the type of rain event that Madison County experienced is known as “training,” which is a repeated area of rain in a relatively short period. The name training is derived from how a train and its cars […]