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River levels rising, could top records in some spots

News-Democrat

The swollen Mississippi River covers the former entrance Tuesday to the President Casino along the St. Louis riverfront.
The swollen Mississippi River covers the former entrance Tuesday to the President Casino along the St. Louis riverfront. snagy@bnd.com

River levels in the region were continuing to rise Tuesday morning, and they might set new records in some spots.

The Mississippi and Kaskaskia rivers are expected to reach their crests during the next few days.

Here’s a look at current river and lake levels, the predicted crests, and the record levels:

Mississippi River at Grafton

  • Currently 29.2 feet
  • Expected crest 31.5 feet on Dec. 31
  • Record is 38.2 feet in 1993

Mississippi River at Mel Price Lock and Dam

  • Currently 33.4 feet
  • Expected crest 38.8 feet on Dec. 31
  • Record is 42.7 feet in 1993

Mississippi River in St. Louis

  • Currently 39.0 feet
  • Expected crest is 44.2 on Dec. 31
  • Record is 49.58 feet in 1993

Mississippi River at Chester

  • Currently 39.9 feet
  • Expected crest is 49.8 feet on Jan. 1
  • Record is 49.70 feet in 1993

Mississippi River at Cape Girardeau, Mo.

  • Currently 42.1 feet.
  • Expected crest is 48.1 feet on Jan. 2
  • Record is 47.90 feet in 1993

Kaskaskia River at Vandalia

  • Currently 26.2 feet.
  • Expected crest is 28.3 feet on Dec. 30
  • Record is 27.3 feet in 1951

Carlyle Lake

  • Currently 450.93 feet
  • Expected crest is 455 feet on Jan. 2
  • Record is 459.80 feet in 2002

Kaskaskia River below Carlyle dam

  • Currently 422.41 feet
  • Flood stage is 423.5 feet

Kaskaskia River at New Athens

  • Currently 88.26 feet
  • Flood stage is 79 feet
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