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Cleanup begins along Meramec

By Julie Bierach, KWMU

Fenton, Mo. – A number of residents and business owners spent Easter Sunday surveying the damage caused by the flooded Meramec River southwest of St. Louis.

But all say the damage was not as bad as it could have been. At a small church in Old Town Fenton, Tabitha Hinds said the church got several feet of water, though not as much as they'd expected.

In Valley Park, a new $49 million levee worked as designed, and spared that town from flooding.

The National Weather Service says the river crested there Saturday at 37.8 feet, more than 20 feet above flood stage.

The Army Corps of Engineers says the levee is built to withstand a 100 year flood event. The Corps says this was an 80 year flood.

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