Flooding Preps Underway for St. Louis

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Soon a cold and snowy winter will give way to a wet spring that could bring with it flood-level river waters.

The Army Corps of Engineers spokesman Mike Petersen says that after last year’s fourth highest river levels on record, some levees were in need of major repairs while others just needed some updating.

“Even if we have a 50/50 chance of flooding, we want to make sure we’re ready,” says Petersen.

He tells KMOX they started working on some of the levees even before the floodwaters started receding.

“We’ve got about 17 different levee districts that we’re working repairs on right now. Some of those are well along the way, others are just getting their construction done,” says Petersen.

He says there’s been a lot of progress and he’s confident the levees will be ready for whatever comes.

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