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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - The heavy rain pushed east last night, but the rivers keep rising. In St. Louis City, Mayor Francis Slay declared a city emergency. Volunteers gathered this morning to help sandbag along the River Des Peres.

Trucks keep rolling in with more sand and volunteers have an assembly line going for sandbagging. The Mayor asked for volunteers at seven 7am to help sandbag. A few minutes before 7am cars started pouring into the parking lot at the River Des Peres Park. Within 30 minutes the volunteers had 1,000 sandbags done and the city crews were rushing to bring the next load. Once things got going they were loading machines full of bags into trucks.

Volunteers say they felt like being a part of this was the right thing to do.

"It's a neat experience to be able to help the city in such a way like this. What else am I going to do on a Tuesday morning." said Rebecca Blair.

"I've seen all the destruction that`s been caused by the rain in on the news and Facebook. I wanted to come out and do something about that especially here in my own community." said a volunteer named Tim.

A few hours into bagging Mayor Francis Slay showed up to thank all of the volunteers. These bags will be used along the River Des Pres between Morgan Ford and Alabama. The goal was to make 20,000 sand bags. Everyone here is petty sure they'll meet that goal.