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Cape Girardeau officials believe Mississippi River may have already peaked

Mississippi River (Source: Polly Holten) Mississippi River (Source: Polly Holten)
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    Days of heavy rain and record river levels left roads covered with floodwaters and forced residents to evacuate in numerous locations across the Heartland.

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

City officials in Cape Girardeau are cautiously optimistic that the river may have reached its peak.

Measurements of the river levels as of 2 p.m. on Saturday have the level at 48.49 feet and levels appear to continue to be falling.

This is short of the previously projected peak level, which was listed as 50 feet by early Sunday morning.

Authorities wish to warn the public that Cape Girardeau and the surrounding areas are still considered to be in “major flood stage” in. Crews will continue to inspect wall and levee structures several times a day while the water remains elevated.

The floodwall gates in Cape Girardeau continue to remain closed. Both pumping stations have remained in operation.

Several roads in select areas of Cape Girardeau remain closed due to flooding. The Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge and Interstate 55 access to town remain open, with no current intention of being closed.

The public is asked to not stop on the Bill Emerson Bridge to view the river. This is causing a public safety concern and blocking traffic.

Crews will assess cleanup needs along streets as water levels continue to recede. 

We will have more information as the day goes on. Stay with KFVS12 for updates on flooding.

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