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St. Louis area under flood watch

By Maria Hickey, KWMU

St. Louis, MO. – A flood watch is in effect through Tuesday evening for much of the St. Louis region.

The National Weather Service forecast office in St. Louis says there are reports of river rises in northeast Missouri.

Meteorologist Benjamin Sipprell says overnight Tuesday the central and southern parts of the state could see some flooding.

Sipprell says rivers south of St. Louis including the Meramec and Bourbeuse Rivers and as far south as the Big River and Black River could see flash flooding.

"We're anticipating about three to four inches of rain across those basins," he said. "So people should definitely be on the lookout for inundated roads, be aware of low water crossing, and if they have any information, to report it to their local law enforcement."

Sipprell says some isolated areas could see up to six inches of rain by tomorrow night.

He says the Mississippi River will likely see only minor flooding if at all.

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