Rivers Expected To Flood Dramatically By Next Week

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ST. CHARLES, MO (KTVI)-- The National Weather Service is warning people in Missouri and Illinois that we could see the worst flooding since 1995. Rivers in the area are predicted to jump dramatically by next week. Storms rolling through in the next few days could also fuel flash flooding.

For the Phillips family and other residents in South Shore in St. Charles County, it`s a day of moving to higher ground.  They live right next to the Mississippi River.  Curtis Phillips said, "It can be a headache sometimes. I guess a little over a month ago we moved out for the last flood and then last week we finally get everything back in."

He wants to move out quickly because the river is rising fast.  Phillips said, "It`s coming back up and quicker than last time." Some folks cannot get to their homes in a car or truck, like Kyle Callanan`s friend, "He can`t get to his house which is just down here on B unless his dad comes and picks up with a boat."

Storm clouds packing heavy rains in the next few days could fuel flash flooding.  Several days later the runoff fills rivers , major flooding could result.   Mark Fuchs is a hydrologist with the National Weather Service, "It`s going to be a highly volatile situation."  Forecasting flooding is difficult because there are so many variables.  The Missouri River is the wild card.  If it gets too high it can cause a backup north of where it meets the Mississippi as well as big problems for communities down south.

Fuchs said, "The Missouri River is a huge variable in trying to nail what  the forecast for cresting will be like for Grafton, Mel Price lock and dam and St. Louis and downstream at Chester."

People who have homes on the rivers learn to take it all in stride.  Curtis Phillips said, "It does get frustrating but it`s what you ask for when you love out here you can`t complain too much or else you shouldn`t be living out here."  The Mississippi at St. Louis is expected to jump more than ten feet by Tuesday.

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