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Recent Rainfall Pushes Rivers Past Flood Stage

Rivers are rising throughout northwest Missouri with more rain in the forecast. A team surveyed the Missouri River today as it swelled from recent rainfall.
(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Rivers are rising throughout northwest Missouri with more rain in the forecast.

A team surveyed the Missouri River Thursday as it swelled from recent rainfall.

The U.S. Geological Survey was in St. Joseph to examine the river and perform a test measurement.

"[We are] getting depths and velocity and the width of the river to get an overall discharge of the river and we are also going to test a water quality sample," said USGS supervisor, Thomas Harris.

Harris says that although most are concerned about the water levels this happens every year. He says here in town the river will probably stay elevated between 20 and 26 feet.

Recent rainfall caused the Missouri River to rapidly rise but experts say it reached its peak this week. Harris projected by the end of the day Thursday the river would start to recede but that could all change if more severe weather hits northwestern Missouri.

"There is rain in the forecast for the next five days so any additional rain is going to make the situation worst. It's going to keep the river stage high," added Harris.

Many were on the river Thursday including Delbert Boulting who says he usually goes to look at the river at least three days a week. He says he's been here for years and seen it at its worst.

"I seen the outer banks many times cover up the parking lot. Mother nature is going to do what it do," added Boulting.

In the past few days, he says he's seen more debris in the river than he's seen in a while.

"Yesterday I seen a whole boat dock going down stream," said Boulting.

Just because the river may be going down, Harris says it's still not safe for people to go out in the water since a lot of debris that flows down the river is also submerged.
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