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Last Sunday, June 30, Casey Myers and his son, Kyle, both of New Canton, Ill., decided they better get their trot lines in on the rising Mississippi River.
As the Myers pulled their fishing boat up at the Louisiana riverfront access, Casey was impressed with what he had just encountered.
“The river’s really rolling, there’s a lot of trash coming down, trees and stuff,” he said. “There was a lot of current.”
The river at Louisiana and Clarksville has been rising steadily again since Wednesday, June 26, fueled by area rains and heavy precipitation in the stream’s northern basin.
As a result, Louisiana and Clarksville residents could see flooding in the low areas of their towns by Thursday, July 4, for the third time this year, according to the National Weather Service. However, the waters are not expected to be as high as they were in April and June.
In Louisiana, the river is projected to crest at 20.6 feet on Fourth of July and start dropping the next day.
Maryland Street between Fourth Street and Hwy. 79 starts flooding at 20.2 feet, according to the weather service. Hwy. 79 begins flooding at Delaware and Alabama streets at 20 feet.
As of press time, the Louisiana Chamber of Commerce officials said the rising river levels would probably not postpone the annual Fourth of July evening activities and fireworks at the riverfront.
In Clarksville, the river is predicted to crest at 31.2 feet the evening of Fourth of July and begin falling on Friday, July 5.
Front Street begins flooding at 31 feet in the historic town, according to the weather service. Hwy. 79 at the south end of town begins flooding at 30 feet.
Clarksville has kept its flood wall up that volunteers built in April and it has kept the river back ever since. Mayor Jo Anne Smiley said the cost and effort of tearing the flood wall down and resurrecting it is just not worth it until city officials are sure the lingering high waters are subsiding below the normal flood level of 25 feet.
The Ted Shanks Recreation Area north of Louisiana that is sandwiched between the rising Mississippi and Salt River was closed on Friday, June 28 by the Missouri Department of Conservation.
The popular recreation area will be closed until further notice for all activities, including frog hunting and boating.