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Rainy Weather Causes Flood Concerns

By Maria Hickey, KWMU

St. Louis, MO. – The wet weather is forcing some extra precautions in the St. Louis region.

The U-S Army Corps of Engineers has set up an Emergency Operations Center in St. Louis to monitor for flooding on the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers, as well as area lakes.

Spokesman Alan Dooley says so far St. Louis is doing OK. He says there have been more problems along the Illinois and Kaskaskia Rivers in Illinois.

"Thankfully, though, this water getting out of the rivers has come during a time when there's virtually no recreation going on," Doole said... "and when farm activity is at a minimum, so the damage that would occur at other times has not been felt yet."

Dooley says reservoir lakes in Missouri have kept the Mississippi River below flood stage.

The river is expected to crest Sunday in St. Louis at nearly 28 feet, about two feet below flood stage.

And as the rain turns to snow, Dooley says the threat of flooding remains.

The ground thawed with the warmer weather and underground run-off could continue even as the temperatures drop.

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