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Mandatory evacuations ordered for Valley Park

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VALLEY PARK, MO (KTVI)-A Mandatory Evacuation Notice has been given for a portion of Valley Park. Mayor Michael Pennise said residents living in levee protected areas have until Tuesday at noon to leave.

Pennise said the levee protected area includes a neighborhood east of Highway 141 (Marshall Rd., St. Louis Ave., Benton St., Vest Ave., and Leonard Ave.) and a few homes and businesses west of 141 off Vance Rd.

The National Guard will be posted at entrances to Valley Park and will not allow anyone to return to the levee protected area.

The National Weather Service projects the Meramec River to crest near Valley Park at 43.7 feet by Wednesday morning. The record high for that area is 44.1 feet.

Classes are canceled in the Valley Park School District through Wednesday due to the evacuation order.

The City of Valley Park posted this letter to its Facebook page Sunday night.

April 30, 2017

Dear Resident,

The City of Valley Park continues to monitor water levels based on data and information provided by the National Weather Service.

At this point they are projecting a crest of 43 feet on Wednesday May 3, 2017 at around 7:00 am. The city is issuing a mandatory evacuation order beginning Monday, May 1, 2017 at 8 am. Residents and businesses will be expected to be evacuated no later than Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at noon. At that time the National Guard will be stationed at both entrances to town and will not allow anyone to come back into the levee protected area, until evacuation order is lifted.

We want to stress — there is no indication the levee protecting the city has been compromised or breached in any way. The U.S. Corps of Engineers and City officials have been continuously inspecting the levee and there are no signs of damage or breach.

If anyone is in need of assistance because of age, health or otherwise, please contact the Valley Park Fire District at 636-225-4260 or Valley Park City Hall at 636-225-5171, ext. 6 so we can make arrangements to assist. The city will provide transportation for those who are in need beginning at 8am.
The evacuation route from the levee protected area is 141 North.

The City Hall will be open 24 hours beginning on Monday May 1, 2017.

Sincerely,

Michael A. Pennise