Rains push some Mo. rivers to near flood stage

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Rivers in Missouri have mostly stayed within their banks so far this spring, but last weekend’s heavy rain has caused some concern.

The Missouri River rose nearly 9 feet at the eastern Missouri town of Washington after about 5 inches of rain fell over the weekend. The river is expected to crest on Friday at 16.4 feet there, still below the 20-foot flood stage.

The Missouri was also within a few feet of flood stage in Gasconade, Hermann and St. Charles, though no significant problems were reported.

Tuesday morning, the Missouri was at 13 feet in Jefferson City, ten feet below flood stage.

A flood warning for the Moreau River in Cole County was cancelled Tuesday morning after the river fell below the flood stage of 17 feet lat Monday night and was at 10 feet by early Tuesday morning.

The Bourbeuse River at Union was nearly 2 feet above flood stage on Tuesday, but dropping.

Rain is mostly out of the forecast for much of the state until Friday.

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