Officials Expect Rising Flood Waters in Jefferson City
JEFFERSON CITY - The National Weather Service said Thursday it predicts a two-foot increase in flood levels along the Missouri River this weekend, which city officials said would force more road closures and disrupt sewer systems.
As of Thursday afternoon, the river's water levels stood at 23.75 feet, classified as "flood stage." The NWS said it expects those levels to reach 26 feet, which would reach the more severe "moderate stage."
Public Works official Eric Seaman said if the Missouri River reaches the 26-foot mark, the city would need to close roads and warn residents of overflowed sewers and fields. He said moderate flood levels would especially threaten local YMCA fields, and he said the city would place warning signs in danger areas if necessary.