(Debbie Monterrey, KMOX)

MSD expected to be on 24-hour flood-prevention plan this weekend

The flooding led Gov. Mike Parson to call for some better flood control strategies across Missouri

March 29, 2019 - 11:59 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX/AP) - Rain is adding to flooding problems in central and eastern Missouri even as waters recede in the northwest part of the state. The St. Louis area could be next as the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers continue to swell. 

Metropolitan Sewer District is keeping a watchful eye on the rising Mississippi River.  Spokeswoman Bess McCoy tells KMOX, once the river hits 28-feet above flood stage, the pumping stations are manned 24-hours a day. The predictions with this weekend's expected rain is for the river to exceed 35-feed above flood stage.

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"The biggest concern is just when we have rain on top of high river levels, it puts an extra stress on our and there is an increase chance for our system getting over charged," McCoy says.

The rain that began falling Thursday was expected to continue through Saturday, causing a second surge in some areas. In Hermann, the second crest Sunday was expected to be slightly higher than the first. Cropland and parts of the Katy Trail are flooding.

In the eastern Missouri town of St. Peters, a tributary of the also swollen Mississippi River reached historic levels Friday, flooding some homes. In St. Louis, where the Mississippi is expected to crest next Tuesday, crews have closed floodgates.

But the worst damage has been upstream in Holt and Atchison counties, where multiple Missouri River levees breached. Republican U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt was meeting Friday morning with officials there. 

The flooding led Gov. Mike Parson to call for some better flood control strategies. 

Parson released an editorial yesterday where he called for many things, including an expansion of the Lewis and Clark Reservoir. 

Parson also called for lower Missouri River tributaries to have more flood control reservoirs. 

Parson urged the Army Corps of Engineers to make sure levee districts and others are consulted as repairs get underway. 

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