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Rising river levels prompt warnings from officials

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Water levels in St. Louis area rivers are approaching, or above, the flood stage. Water levels in St. Louis area rivers are approaching, or above, the flood stage.
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) - With rising water levels in area rivers, officials are encouraging citizens to use caution when in and around rivers.

On Monday, the water level of the Mississippi River reached 28 and a half feet and is expected to hit 34 and a half feet by Saturday, which is four and a half feet above the flood stage.

In Arnold, the Meramec River is at 25 feet and forecasted to hit seven feet above flood stage at 31 feet on Saturday.

The Missouri River in St. Charles is at 27 feet and is expected to hit 28 and a half feet on Wednesday, three and a half feet above flood stage.

Last week, a swift water rescue team from the High Ridge Fire Protection District trained at Rockford Beach on the banks of the Big River.

Firefighters said over-confident swimmers often wade into the river and get too close to strong currents.
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