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Light at the End of this Flooded Tunnel

Could it be? Might we finally be nearing the end of the Great Flood of '08?

As of the time of this post (Tuesday morning, July 1), the Mississippi River level is falling from Louisiana downstream to Alton. The level in St. Louis is holding steady, with a slow drop expected in the coming days. We'll have to wait until this evening (and into Wednesday) to finally see a crest in Chester.

What about flooding off the Mississippi? The news is fairly positive along other streams in our area as well. The Illinois and Cuivre rivers are falling, while the Missouri and Meramec rivers are cresting now.

Here's the not so good news. While waters are dropping, moderate to major flooding is still occurring along the above-mentioned waterways, and will be for days (and in some cases weeks) to come. It will take quite some time for many rivers to drop below flood stage, and in some areas, clean-up can't begin until the water levels drop substantially more than they already have.

Dry weather in the short-term forecast is exactly what flood-weary residents need, and most of our area will remain rain-free through today and most of Wednesday. By late Wednesday afternoon, rain will likely be falling over the Mississippi River basin to the north of our viewing area, but rain will gradually spread in our direction from Wednesday night into Thursday. Due to the slow movement of the approaching front, a few scattered storms will likely continue into Friday (Independence Day) as well.

There is some potential for heavy rain from Thursday into Friday, and any heavy rain could have an impact on already swollen rivers. So once again, we'll have to keep both eyes glued to local river levels, especially along the Mississippi where the water is only now beginning to subside. Stay with and News4 for the latest on our holiday rain chances, and the impact on local rivers.

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