River jumps 12 feet, no flooding in forecast

On June 1, the level of the Missouri River in Jefferson City was 7.05 feet. On Monday, the level of the river was 19.52 feet.

Although there has been a drastic rise, weather officials said Monday future forecasts show no significant threat of flooding.

“Last year you saw some substantial flooding in that area so I understand the concern, but were not looking for that to occur this year,” said hydrologist Mark Fuchs with the National Weather Service in St. Louis.

Some areas are at their flood stage along the river and that was due to rain over the weekend.

“It’s not surprising the way the atmosphere is set up,” Fuchs said. “We’ve been seeing heavy rainfall throughout the river basin, especially Western Missouri. The potential of more than four inches is possible in Eastern Kansas and Nebraska and possibly two and half inches in Central Missouri. You won’t see low-water issues any time soon.”

Fuchs said the river rise has nothing to do with the melt of snow from the mountains near the beginning of the Missouri.

“Most of the snow melt comes from March through May,” he said. “By this time of year if that melt hasn’t been realized it probably won’t be.”

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