City Of St. Peters Opens Park After Flood Threat Passes

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

ST. PETERS, MO (KTVI)– Unpredictable flood waters on the Mississippi River continued to rise and so did anxieties about flooding.

The City of St. Peters decided to close up shop at 370 Lakeside Park. Officials feared that a 100 year old 16-foot agricultural levy would break.

Park Director Vicki Phillips says her crews were prepared for the storms. More than 119 RV reservations were cancelled and 15 families were evacuated.

April 19th was the first emergency shut down on at the park since its 2011 opening. According officials the evacuation was quick and the park was flood ready.

“We completely emptied out the park the RV check in office all of the signs benches the furniture… we gutted all of the electrical boxes. If the water went over  the agricultural levy were to fail the park could be flooded faster than we could evacuate. As fast as the water would come in on the roads at least 16 feet deep,” said Phillips

A second 26-foot-tall levy built by the Army Corps of Engineers also surrounds the area. The park is set to reopen Friday morning in preparation for a weekend kite event. The city plans to add an archery range and dog park by the fall.

Follow Shawndrea Thomas on Facebook..

Follow on Twitter …!/ShawndreaThomas

FOX 2 Newsletters

Sign up for a newsletter from FOX 2 to get updates about news and weather. We offer daily headlines, breaking news, severe weather, and forecast emails.

About FOX 2 News

FOX 2 and KPLR 11 in St. Louis cover the news in Missouri and Illinois. There are over 68 hours of live news and local programming on-air each week. Our website and live video streams operate 24/7. Download our apps for alerts and follow us on social media for updates in your feed.

President Harry Truman said: “It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” That spirit is alive and well at Fox 2. Our teamwork is on display each and every day.

Our news slogan is: “Coverage You Can Count On.” We quite frankly are too busy to worry about who gets the credit. Our main concern is serving the viewer.

We go where the stories take us. Whether it be Washington, D.C when a Belleville man opened fire during a congressional baseball game practice or to Puerto Rico where local Ameren crews restored power after more than 5 months in the dark.

Coverage You Can Count On means “Waking up your Day” with our top-rated morning show. From 4:00 am-10:00 am we are leading the way with breaking news. But our early morning crew also knows how to have some fun! Our strong commitment to the communities we serve is highlighted with our Friday neighborhood shows.

Our investigative unit consists of three reporters. Elliott Davis focuses on government waste, Chris Hayes is our investigative reporter, and Mike Colombo is our consumer reporter. They work in unison with the news department by sharing resources and ideas.

We continue to cover breaking news aggressively and relied on our seasoned journalists to make a difference with the stories we covered. The shooting of Arnold Police Officer Ryan O’Connor is just one example of that. Jasmine Huda was the only reporter who had exclusive access to the O’Connor family during his amazing rehabilitation in Colorado.

Last, but certainly not least, FOX 2 and KPLR 11 are committed to covering local politics. We host debates among candidates and have the most extensive presidential election coverage. Our commitment to politics isn’t just during an election year. We produce two political shows that air every weekend.


Latest News

More News