- Associated Press - Monday, June 15, 2015

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Rivers are rising throughout Missouri, and with more rainfall in the forecast, moderate flooding is expected at several locations.

Both the Missouri and Mississippi rivers are overflowing due to heavy rain that has settled over the central U.S. over the past several days.

Butch Dye with the National Weather Service in St. Louis said Monday that more rain is in the forecast for much of southwestern and eastern Missouri through the week. Up to 7 inches of rain could fall by the weekend, potentially making flooding worse.

Parts of the Missouri River are expected to reach 4 feet above flood stage this week. The Mississippi is expected to reach 7 feet above flood stage south of St. Louis, but no significant problems are expected.

Flooding doesn’t have the impact that it once did to in the Midwest, thanks to buyout programs since the 1993 flood. The government has spent millions of dollars purchasing land in the floodplains and turning it into green space, soccer fields and other non-developed land.

In Jefferson County, south of St. Louis, the Meramec River is expected to rise to 7 feet above flood stage by the weekend at Arnold. Still, Jefferson County emergency coordinator Warren Robinson said few homes will be endangered. A few roads are closed and some agricultural land is under water, he said.

In central Missouri along the Missouri River, some sections along the Katy Trail, a cross-state hiking and biking trail, are flooding. A couple of sections of Highway 94 are also threatened.

The Mississippi River is expected to peak a couple of feet above flood stage from Canton to St. Louis, but the rise south of St. Louis is higher. The area near Ste. Genevieve could see floodwaters more than 7 feet above flood stage by Sunday, potentially threatening U.S. 61.

Waters are also expected to reach 6 1/2 feet above flood stage by June 22 in Cape Girardeau. Damage is minimal at that level, though a rise of an additional 4 feet would likely lead to evacuations in small communities south of the city.

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