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Metro East Sanitary District

The Mississippi River, seen in this June 7 photo, has overflowed its usual banks of East St. Louis near Malcolm W. Martin Memorial Park.
Mary Delach Leonard | St. Louis Public Radio

With the Mississippi River at its second-highest level in history, Metro East Sanitary District Executive Director Steve Adler has three worries.

The first is people. The second is more rain. The third thing is the most sinister and potentially catastrophic, he said. It’s an earthquake.

Adler tells people who live behind the levees that when the river is above 30 feet, if they feel the ground shake, leave.

“Grab the kids. Grab the dog. Get in your car and drive up to the bluffs,” Adler said.