The Mississippi River is flooding in several towns north of St. Louis as a result of recent rains, and the high water will apparently stick around for several days.
The waterway has crested from Iowa through southern Missouri and Illinois, but it remained above flood stage at many spots Monday.
The National Weather Service said the river had crested in the St. Louis area and the Illinois towns of Grafton and Alton further north.
The National Weather Service is expecting the Mississippi at St. Louis to rise higher and crest a day later.
As we look forward to warming up and drying out, Mother Nature may not be on the same page.
National Weather Service hydrologist Mark Fuchs says as many as four inches could fall Friday and Friday night.
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.”
That is not good news for water levels on the Mississippi River which already threaten to slow down, if not shut down, barge traffic between St. Louis and Cairo, Illinois.
Months of drought have left the Mississippi near historic low levels, a problem worsened last month when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reduced the outflow from an upper Missouri River dam.
A nationwide drought, the worst to hit the U.S. in decades, has lowered water levels along the Mississippi River, threatening barge traffic.