St. Louis County, MO (KTRS) Flooding continues to plague the St. Louis area.
Even though the Meramec River has crested in Valley Park and Eureka, the additional rainfall could slow the progess as Mark Diedtrich, the director of St. Louis County Emergency Management explained during a news conference on Wednesday afternoon.
“The National Weather Service is telling us that the additional is not going to increase the levels of flooding. It may prolong them, but we don’t expect it to rise anymore.” said Diedtrich.
St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar addressed the evacuation in Valley Park, where a mandatory evacuation was issued earlier this week. Belmar said now that river levels are falling, getting residents back in their homes is a top priority.
“We got these folks back into Valley Park as soon as we possibly can. Those residents deserve get in there as fast as we can.” Belmar said.
The Meramec River at Eureka crested 46.6 feet, slightly higher than the crest of 46.1 feet during the 2015/16 winter flooding.
The Meramec River at Valley Park crested at 43.3 feet, slightly lower than the crest of 44.1 feet during the 2015/16 winter flooding.
Eureka Mayor Kevin Coffee is asking the public to donate to a relief fund. That fund is set up through Central Baptist Church, 601 N. Central Avenue, Eureka, MO 63025. For more information call (636) 938-5577 or visit online at http://cbcserves.org/.