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Arnold bracing for worst flood in city's history, calling for volunteers

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Flood waters in the City of Arnold Wednesday Flood waters in the City of Arnold Wednesday

ARNOLD, Mo. ( – Arnold Police Chief Robert Shockey said Wednesday the Meramec River will crest at 49 feet between 1-5 p.m. Thursday. Residents are asking for volunteers Wednesday night to help sandbag their homes to protect against rising floodwaters. 

While city officials say the projected crest is two feet higher they planned for and four feet higher than the Great Flood of 1993, NOAA's River Forecast Center is projecting a crest of 47.2 feet around noon. Regardless of the number disparity, either scenario will result in the worst flood in the city's history.The National Guard has been requested to help, as at least 150 homes are expected to be flooded.

JeffCo Boulevard or Highway 61-67 will likely have to be closed Wednesday night and Highway 21 at 141 is already closed. 

If I-55 closes, the last major North-South route through that area of Jefferson County will close and people will have to drive miles out of their way to get around closures. 

Homeowners are tirelessly filling sandbags and the city is desperately asking for volunteers to help.

Ron Counts, Mayor of the City of Arnold, said, "These are people, some of them trying to save their homes and trying to do everything they possibly can to save their belongings."

The AmeriCorps has set up a check-in location at JeffCo Blvd. and Starling Airport Road to help coordinate and get sandbags past the road closing to where they are needed. 

The city has set up two command centers, one for the flooding on the north side of town, and another for the flooding on the south side of town. A shelter has also been set up at the First Baptist Church of Arnold, located at 2012 Missouri State Road and a portable animal shelter is there as well.

Evacuations have not been made mandatory, but are strongly encouraged, officials say. 

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