ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The Rivers Pointe Fire Protection District says if you live west of Highway 67 in West Alton, Missouri, you should make plans to leave, immediately.

National Weather Service Hydrologist Mark Fuchs says the Consolidated North County levee at West Alton is the one they’re watching closely.

“It’ll be a very steady thing. No sudden rush of water,” Fuchs says. “We’re not talking a breach here, we are talking just a gradual over top. Probably it won’t stop the river from continuing to rise.”

The road most-affected would be Riverlands Way, which is between Highway 67 and the Mel Price Lock and Dam. There are homes and farmland along that road.

Authorities say the Missouri River is holding at the predicted 36 feet, but the Mississippi has raised to 35 feet.

KMOX will update this story as more information becomes available.

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