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Mississippi River flooding possible north of St. Louis

Waters will rise above flood stage just north of Clarksville, but only minor flooding is expected. (KWMU photo/Tom Weber)

By Bill Raack, KWMU

St. Louis, MO – Heavy rains across the upper Midwest over the past month will eventually result in flooding along the Mississippi River - perhaps as soon as next week.

Forecasters say the Mississippi will reach flood stage north of Clarksville, Missouri. But Mark Fuch, a hydrologist for the National Weather Service in St. Charles County, says the threat of flooding should stay north of the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers.

"Down below that confluence it's not going to be quite so bad and that would include Alton and St. Louis and places south. It shouldn't be quite as bad there because what we're expecting to come in down the Missouri shouldn't be quite as great."

Fuch says flooding should be relatively minor north of the confluence because the Mississippi has been pretty low this summer.


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