Some Missouri river sections reaching high levels

7 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago May 26, 2016 May 26, 2016 Thursday, May 26 2016 Thursday, May 26, 2016 11:28:03 AM CDT in News
By: The Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Authorities are monitoring high water levels along the Current and Jacks Fork rivers in southwest Missouri to determine if sections of the rivers have to be closed to paddlers for the Memorial Day weekend.

Ozark National Scenic Riverways spokeswoman Dena Matteson says it's difficult to predict several days in advance whether rivers will reach flood stage but both rivers can rise rapidly.

But Matteson told The Springfield News Leader they close the river sections when areas rise above flood levels.

A section of the Current River was closed Wednesday because of the rain from Tuesday. Matteson said paddlers should check with the ONSR social media to see if sections have been closed.

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