EUREKA, Mo (KMOV.com) - People living near the Meramec River are keeping a close watch as it’s expected to crest by Tuesday.
It’s been less than a year since the river overflowed, sending flooding water to areas in Eureka, Fenton, Valley park and other parts of the metro.
“Anytime that it rains more than a couple days in a row you don’t sleep real well,” said Casey O’Dell, who owns O’Dell’s Pub and Ale House with his family in downtown Eureka.
The river crested at 46 feet in that area, forcing business owners and homeowners around the area to pile sandbags around their homes and businesses.
The river is only expected to crest at 25 ft. this time around, but still, anytime he hears news of the river cresting, it’s a concern.
“It’s always concerning because the data can change so quickly,” he said.
The Army Corps of Engineers is conducting a study on the Lower Meramec Basin and anticipates releasing recommendations on flood mitigation by next year.
This April, Eureka voters will decide on Proposition E, a half-cent sales hike that would raise some $1.38 million a year, part of which would be used for flood improvements.
“I think it’s extremely important that we find permanent solutions,” said O’Dell.
O’Dell isn’t yet planning to set any sandbags, but he’s ready just in case.
“Everybody’s ear to the ground and paying attention to what’s going on,” he said, “but nobody’s freaking out just yet.”
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