(KMOV) – The Mississippi River reached its sixth-highest level in St. Louis on Tuesday as water continues to rise in the area.
“Every Mississippi River gauge in our area is having a top 4 to 6 crest on record,” said News 4 Chief Meteorologist Steve Templeton. “The river is cresting now for Grafton-Alton-St. Louis.”
The Missouri River has already crested and the Meramec River is causing major flooding in Valley Park and Arnold.
Meanwhile, the Illinois River is cresting and Harding and is at its third-highest level on record.
The River Des Peres is already very high due in large part to the back-up caused by the Mississippi River being so high, said Templeton.
“We have seen one levee breach near West Alton, Mo.,” Templeton said. “All of this water on our area rivers puts tremendous pressure on our levees.”
The breach forced the city to order more than 300 residents to evacuate their homes Monday.
Templeton said the highest river levels will be on Tuesday.
“We will see the rivers slowly retreat. Then we watch through July for what can be big summertime rains that could push the river higher,” he said. “That’s a wait and see game, but it’s uncomfortable having these high river flows and high soil moisture going into June and July.”