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Volunteers help sandbag at River Des Peres

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Volunteers came out in large numbers to help sand bag. Volunteers came out in large numbers to help sand bag.
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Emergency officials work around the clock to make sure St. Louis’ flood gates and levees keep the cresting rivers at bay as they prepare for what could be the worst flooding since 1993.

Volunteers came to support the sandbagging effort on Tuesday at Fultz baseball field at River Des Peres Park. The city estimates 20,000 sandbags are need to fortify parts of the River Des Peres levies between Morganford and Alabama.

"We're just trying to pay it forward," Deshonda Payton, who traveled from Florissant said. "I know Florissant has had some issues with flooding before and people came out to help us. It's just the right thing to do."

Crews closed 36 flood gates along the Mississippi River. Alabama Avenue at River Des Peres is closed to better control the flooding.

“You don’t want the water coming over the road because that impacts travel, impacts people living here,” said Bob Gamache with St. Louis City Streets Department.

Officials will be on heightened alert before reaching Thursday’s expected crest mark of 44.8.

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