Mississippi River re-opened as flood waters recede

News-DemocratJuly 15, 2014 

The Mississippi River has been re-opened to all traffic in the St. Louis area with water levels starting to fall below flood stage.

The river crested Saturday at 31 feet in St. Louis, about a foot above the threshold for minor flood stage. By Tuesday morning it had receded to 28.4 feet. The National Weather Service river forecast calls for the river level to continue to fall off quickly, dropping to 25 feet by Friday.

Upstream flooding has been worse. The Mississippi stood at 23.4 feet Tuesday at the Mel Price Lock and Dam near Alton. That's 2.4 feet over minor flood stage. The river crested there at 25.84 feet Saturday and is expected to fall below flood stage by Sunday.

At Grafton the Mississippi was at 24.6 feet Tuesday, half a foot into moderate flood stage. The river is expected to fall below 24 feet and into minor flood stage by Wednesday. It won't fall below minor flood stage, 18 feet, until Sunday.

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