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Most area river levels begin falling

Most area river levels begin falling

April 30th, 2011 in News

Gasconade River waters approach the road bed Thursday morning on a stretch of U.S. 63 just south of the Roy Bassett Memorial Bridge in Maries County.

Photo by Kelley McCall

Despite the forecast for more rain this weekend, officials with the National Weather Service in St. Louis reports that the Jefferson City area will continue to be spared the flooding problems seen in the southern and eastern parts of the state.

"Unless heavy rains fall in the upstream areas of the Missouri River, you should be fine," said meteorologist Ben Miller.

The Missouri River was at 18 feet and falling Friday in Jefferson City.

Miller said both the Moreau and Maries rivers have risen and fallen fairly quickly with the recent rains, but only the Maries had a flood warning. The warning was issued when the Maries went a foot above flood stage for a few hours on Tuesday.

They don't foresee flooding threats at the Lake of the Ozarks and Bagnell Dam.

"This weekend's rain shouldn't be particularly heavy," Miller said. "The south and east parts of the state will get it again, unfortunately the places that don't need it."

While some secondary roads have been closed by flooding in Gasconade, Osage and Maries counties, MoDOT officials said their status could change quickly.

They recommended residents check the latest road conditions by going online to or calling 1-888-275-6636.