PACIFIC, MO (KTVI)-The Meramec River at Pacific crested late Tuesday night at 33.05 feet, just shy of the record set in 2015. It continues to fall at a good rate. More rain Wednesday could mean a second crest on the way in a matter of days, possibly changing things for the residents and businesses of Pacific, already dealing with damaging effects from the floodwaters.
One of the hardest hit areas of Pacific sits along 1st Street. Just about everything South of the train tracks is inundated with water. This area is a major residential area in the city but also home to some local businesses along 1st Street.
Pacific City officials say about 200-250 residents have been displaced due to the flood. About seven businesses have been effected throughout Pacific.
Fire Chief Rick Friedmann with the Pacific Fire Protection District says for now, all they can do is watch and wait for the flood waters to recede. He says once the water goes down, he and his crew will be able to go into the neighborhoods to evaluate the damage and begin the cleanup process. Friedmann says, "If they'll just be patient, we will get them back in."
If you'd like to help Pacific's displaced residents, contact the American Red Cross.