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Mississippi River expected to rise several feet over next few days

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(KMOV) -- Rain projected for the St. Louis area is expected to make the Mississippi River rise dramatically over the next few days and pose a flooding risk.

The U.S. Coast Guard and Army Corp of Engineers are watching the river closely and say the river is predicted to rise nine feet over a three-day span.

That will put the river near the same level it was in April when St. Louis closed its floodwall. It took a major effort to protect river towns.

“Right now we expect we may see some of our agricultural levies in the northern part of the district up by Elsberry area, we may see some overtopping up there where we saw before,” said Mike Peterson with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. “Luckily we’ve been through a flood already this year, we know what to expect, we know where to look.”

The city of Clarksville, which frequently floods, is busy reinforcing the sandbag wall that’s been in place since April. City leaders expect the river to rise to about one foot below its level that month.

 

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