Some Worried, Others Breathing Easy Over Floods

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- The high river levels are attracting plenty of gawkers to Nichole Prunty`s Fenton home.  She hopes they will go away.

"It`s really hard when your stuff is about to float away and people are taking pictures," she said.

Prunty lives in the old part of Fenton and was sitting on the top step of her front porch on Tuesday.

"The basement is completely full," she said. "I have one more step before it reaches the inside of my house."

Projections are for water levels in St. Louis to drop the next couple of days.

One area where residents are breathing easy is along the River Des Peres.  The Metropolitan Sewer District of St. Louis has made major improvements since the flood of 1993.

"We spent $140 million," said MSD`s Lance LeComb.

The money went to build 50 automated pumping stations that close gates and pump water when necessary.

Homes were damaged in 1993 from flood waters backing into sewer systems.

"This provides a very high level of protection," explained LeComb. "These folks in their homes can go to bed tonight assured that they`re going to have protection."

MSD and St. Louis City leaders are monitoring the flood waters around the clock.

Some water was leaking in 5 spots along the River Des Peres on Tuesday.  LeComb said the leaks could be handled by crews monitoring the situation.

He did not expect any major problems.

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