The rising River Des Peres has prompted a sandbagging effort in South City. Credit: KMOV
SOUTH ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -
The Alabama Ave. bridge in South City is closed as River Des Peres begins to flood the intersection of Lemay Ferry and Alabama.
Firefighters are lining the bridge with sandbags, as the water quickly rises.
The rising Mississippi River is drawing crowds. Tourists visiting the Arch say they are not really getting the full Arch experience with so much of the riverfront under water.
"Everybody's been calling us on the phone saying, 'Are you sure you want to go to St. Louis because of all the flooding going on?' but we planned to come here many months ago, so we weren't going to stop," said Simon Fenton, who is visiting the area with his family from Minneapolis.
Josh Pine of Illinois came from three hours away to see a Cardinals game. He says he has visited the Arch before, and says it's sad that parts you can normally walk along are barricaded off.
"You don't even have to be in the river to walk in it," Pine said. "It's just coming up too fast."
In South City, near the Alabama Ave. bridge water is accumulating in the park along River City Casino Blvd. The parking lot there turning into a lookout point for spectators. "We were out to dinner and just decided to drive around and see," said Rebecca McNamara, a South City resident.
The McNamara's were one of many people who came out to see the spectacle. "This is still kind of hard to see. This is an area we're familiar with, it's an area we drive around a lot," said Timothy McNamara, a South City resident.
10 year old Issac Denoyer is enjoying the moment for what it's worth, "A few days ago I was down here with my friends and now it's super high."
Cameron Crawford came by to monitor the flood for his family in the area. "I thought I'd check out the flood water. I know this area gets a lot of water when it starts to rain."
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