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Major flooding along Mississippi expected by weeks' end

Major flooding along Mississippi expected by weeks' end

2 months ago by Scott Hardy

River will be near 25 ft at both Quincy and Hannibal; Hannibal flood gates going in Monday afternoon

Major flooding is now expected on the Mississippi River throughout the WTAD listening area, with crests later this week in some areas up to 10 feet above flood stage.

That's according to the National Weather Service, which has issued a Flood Warning along the river. At Quincy, the river's is now expected to crest at 25.2 early Friday afternoon. Lock and Dam 21 will crest at 24. 4 feet Friday afternoon. At Hannibal, a crest of 24.7 feet is expected early Saturday morning. As a result of that forecast, all five of Hannibal's flood gates have been installed as of Monday afternoon. Several streets and attractions may close as a result of the water, including a section of Highway 79. At Keokuk, a crest of 21 feet is expected early Friday afternoon. At Canton, a crest of 21.7 feet is expected by early Saturday morning. That will close Route B in several locations, and also Lock and Dam 20. At LaGrange, a crest of 21.7 feet is expected Saturday morning. The rising waters are also expected to briefly close Lock and Dam 22 at Saverton. At Louisiana, a crest near 23.2 feet is expected Saturday morning. That will close a section of Highway 79 in Louisiana, and the Illinois approach to Highway 54. The Weather Service says the flood warning is due to heavy rainfall across the upper Mississippi River basin. It's also factoring in up to an additional 1 inch forecast of rain by Wednesday afternoon.

They add that rainfall totals heavier than forecast could cause river levels to rise even higher than predicted.

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