ST. LOUIS (AP) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is shutting down a Mississippi River lock and dam as flooding worsens.
Corps spokesman Mike Petersen says Lock and Dam 24 in Clarksville, Missouri, will close to navigation Friday. The river is nearly 6 feet above flood stage in Clarksville and is expected to rise another 3 feet by Tuesday.
Heavy recent rains in the upper Midwest have caused the Mississippi and many of its tributaries to rise sharply, causing significant flooding in Iowa, Illinois andin Missouri north of St. Louis. The Mississippi remains below flood stage from St. Louis to the south.
The Corps of Engineers is also activating its Emergency Operations Center in St. Louis, a move that enables the agency to provide personnel and resources to support flood-fighting efforts.
A release from the United Way states that, “Volunteers are needed to help sandbag along the Mississippi River to protect Clarksville, Mo. Anyone younger than age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. For safety reasons, no one younger than age 13 is able to volunteer with this project.”
With Clarksville, Mo., in eminent danger of flooding, United Way of Greater St. Louis and Americorps St. Louis are organizing volunteers to help complete sandbagging efforts.
Volunteers are needed Thursday, July 3, through the morning of Saturday, July 5 and possibly longer based on conditions. Volunteers should check in at 112 Howard St., Clarksville, MO 63336
For more information, visit STLVolunteer.org.