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Flood Warning Continues on Mississippi

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City street workers build the flood gate, as the Mississippi River threatens to overtake the St. Louis Riverfront in St. Louis on April 19, 2013.   UPI/Bill Greenblatt

City street workers build the flood gate, as the Mississippi River threatens to overtake the St. Louis Riverfront in St. Louis on April 19, 2013. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - A “flood warning” continued Saturday afternoon for towns along the Mississippi River from Canton, Mo. to Chester, Ill.

The midday river level at St. Louis was 30.92 feet — almost one foot above flood stage.

The National Weather Service says moderate flooding is predicted, as the Mississippi rises to near 38.3 feet by Thursday morning.

At 38 feet, the U.S. Coast Guard would consider closing St. Louis Harbor to shipping.

Other NWS Mississippi River observations from midday Saturday:
The river level at Clarksville, Mo. was 34.07 feet — just over 9 feet above flood stage.
The river level at Winfield, Mo. was 32.33 feet — 6.3 feet above flood stage.
The river level at Grafton, Ill. was 23.94 feet — nearly 6 feet above flood stage.
The river level at Alton, Ill. was 25.63 feet — 4.6 feet above flood stage
And below St. Louis, at Chester, Ill. the river level was 32.16 feet — more than 2.5 feet above flood stage.

No crests were anticipated along that section of the Mississippi on Saturday.

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