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Hydrologist: Flooding Could Be Worst Since 1995

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The bi-state region is expected to witness flooding this week that is hasn’t seen in several years.

“We’re going to be seeing some flooding, some crests not only at St. Louis but upstream from St. Louis that we haven’t seen since the flooding of 2008 and in some places, like in St. Louis, we actually haven’t seen it since 1995,” National Weather Service Hydrologist Mark Fuchs said.

Fuchs said that with up to five inches of rain falling north of St. Louis, home and business owners in places like Quincy, Louisiana, Clarksville and Grafton have to be ready.

“A number of small towns that ordinarily do have to worry about high river waters are going to be severely impacted,” he said.

Fuchs said crests will take place over the next five to ten days. He said the Mississippi should crest at St. Louis Tuesday within 6 inches of what is considered “major flooding.”

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn declared a state of emergency early Thursday afternoon.

“Heavy rainfall over the past few days has created dangerous flooding in areas across the state,” Quinn said. “Everyone should stay home and off the roads if possible. To ensure safety as these storms continue, people should be alert and avoid flooded areas.”

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