Rising Missouri River floods parts of Hermann MO

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HERMANN, MO (KTVI) – Flood waters from the Missouri River backed up into low lying areas of Hermann along Frene Creek this week. Much of the historic river town is well above the flood plain.  But the Hermann City Park and the Lion’s Club ballfields take on water during periods of flooding.

Hermann Police Chief Marlon Walker described the flooding as “minor.”  “We’ve had it worse,” he noted as he surveyed the inundated basketball courts and playgrounds that will remain closed until the water recedes and the city can clean up debris.

“People can still get around to their homes and shopping so nothing is affected at this point,” Walker reported.

Several city blocks are closed because of high water.  Walker said some residents must deal with flooded basements if they live near the creek.

Hermann’s Riverfront Park remains open.  The local bait shop is surrounded by flood waters on the banks of the Missouri.  Train tracks used by AMTRAK and the Union Pacific Railroad run along the river bank at Hermann.  So far, no train traffic has been impacted by the rising water.

The National Weather Service predicted the Missouri would crest at Hermann Wednesday at 29 feet, drop slightly and then rise again later in the week after rain from Tropical Storm Bill falls across the region.