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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Mayor Francis Slay has declared a city emergency to respond to rising flood waters. This activates the City’s Emergency Operations Center to coordinate response between city agencies and services. It also allows the City to request resources from the state of Missouri.

Crews have closed 36 flood gates along the Mississippi river. They expect the river to crest on Thursday at 44.8 feet. The high river level is second to the historic Flood of ’93.

Sandbagging has begun to fortify parts of the River Des Peres levees between Morgan Ford and Alabama. They are looking for volunteers to help with the 20,000 sandbags needed for the operation. Interested volunteers should wear boots and gloves and report to the River Des Peres Park parking lot adjacent to Fultz Baseball Field (just east of Gravois Rd.) beginning at 7 a.m. Tuesday, December 29, 2015.

Since this storm began, first responders have answered to 61 traffic accidents and 24 incidents of people stranded by high water.

Do you need help? Please call 211 for non-emergencies.You can also contact the Citizens’ Service Bureau at 314-622-4800.