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Fenton prepares for record flooding

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Julie Bierach, KWMU
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Sand bags protect a local business in Fenton.

By Maria Hickey, KWMU

St. Louis, MO. – The town of Fenton is bracing itself for what could be record flooding.

The Meramec River is expected to crest at the record level of 40 feet in Valley Park some time Saturday evening.

Downstream in Fenton, Mayor Dennis Hancock says he's grateful for the hundreds of volunteers that have descended on the town to help sandbag.

He says about 600 arrived Thursday and another 400 Friday morning, but he says they will not turn any help away.

"We would ask if they can bring a shovel or a pair of gloves," Hancock said. "We've had a lot of donations of equipment and those type of things made to us, but we can certainly use more if people want to bring those things to us."

Hancock says the good news is that the river is moving quickly, which means the water may not back up as far or stay high for as long.

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