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ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KTVI) - Commuters beware of a potential shutdown of I-44 just west of Highway 141. MoDOT officials predict a shutdown of the interstate could be coming by 6 a.m. Wednesday. Rising floodwaters are to blame.

Jim McMullen and his Valley Park family are packing up some of their belongings just in case water tops the nearby levee.

“We’re just taking some perishables out, moving a few things higher and trusting in the Army Corps of Engineers’ levee and God,” McMullen said.

Clayton Hubert lives in Valley Park and has concerns for his family. He worries first responders will have a difficult time reaching homes because of flooding and traffic detours.

“It’s kind of hard to find some help when it’s blocked off like that,” Hubert said.

Fenton city officials are also weighing possible evacuations. Sandbagging efforts Tuesday took place at Life Church on Larkin Williams and Metro Electric on Old Gravois.

Terry Brisco lives on Larkin Williams and became emotional over seeing volunteers fill sandbags.

“I’m getting to be an old man, and I can’t do that stuff too much anymore,” Brisco said. “It’s great to see these guys out here busting their tails.”