Rescue crews heed warning of high water risks as heavy rain moves in
By Sarah Heath
(KMOV) – As heavy rain takes aim at the St. Louis area, towns along the Meramec and Mississippi Rivers are taking necessary steps to avoid flooding.
Experienced rescue workers are warning people to stay away from swift water on the rivers. They say kids can be drawn to the edge to play but don’t want them to fall in.
Water levels are still high from previous heavy downpours so roads are vulnerable to flooding.
“Our biggest concern is going to be flash flooding and swift water. Many times people come up to water on a road, similar to a bridge, they underestimate what swift water can do. They drive through it, become trapped and we have to come out and make a rescue,” Ron Harder of Rock Community Fire District told News 4’s Chris Standford.
There was an incident on the Meramec where a child went in a couple years ago. He was hanging on to the ledge and rescuers got there just in time to save him.