(KMOV)-- Communities in Franklin County are preparing for possible flooding from the Missouri River over the next few weeks. Emergency managers, first responders and city leaders met Tuesday in Union to talk about preparations and any problems getting ready for a rising Missouri level.
Double the record amount of water is being released from a reservoir on the upper Missouri River that's been swollen by record rainfall and the melting snow pack. That water will raise river levels in Franklin, St Charles and St. Louis County to at or near flood stage.
The bulge in the river is expected to reach Jefferson County by Wednesday. If the area gets heavy rainfall through the summer the Missouri River could spill its banks flooding roads, homes and businesses.
To prepare, Franklin has purchased 1000 sandbags and communities are stockpiling tons of sand. Communities are coordinating their preparations as they hope for the best but prepare for the worst.