Officials in several Mississippi River towns were cautiously optimistic that they’ll soon emerge from this year’s flood with relatively minor damage.
“When the prediction came to us in April, we built a wall with excess room at the top beyond what they suggested where the level might be,” Clarksville Mayor Jo Ann Smiley says.
At noon Thursday the Mississippi at St. Louis was 28.1 ft., less than two feet below the 30 ft. flood stage. By Saturday morning the river is expected to rise near 32.5 ft.
The river reached 35.5, feet 5.5 feet above flood stage, at a gauge near the Gateway Arch early Thursday morning but had fallen about a half-foot by midday.
The fight against Mississippi River flooding continued there on Saturday, as thousands of sandbags were filled.
Residents of Clarksville, Mo. are among those sandbagging in preparation for what the NWS calls “major” flooding.
Nixon on Friday activated the Missouri National Guard, deploying them to Clarksville and other Mississippi River towns under siege by the Mississippi River.
“Without volunteers, we won’t make it,” Clarksville Mayor Jo Anne Smiley said Friday.
Rapidly rising water caused an immediate need for people to fill sandbags Thursday morning.
Fuchs said crests will take place over the next five to ten days. The Mississippi should crest at St. Louis Tuesday within 6 inches of what is considered “major flooding.”