While the Missouri River did not reach its flood stage in Leavenworth, it did rise to what is referred to as the action stage Thursday.

While the Missouri River did not reach its flood stage in Leavenworth, it did rise to what is referred to as the action stage Thursday.

The river crested at 18.17 feet Thursday night and had dropped to 16.02 feet by 1 p.m. Friday.

The river reaches its flood stage in Leavenworth at 20 feet. The action stage is reached once the river rises to 17 feet, according to the National Weather Service.

The NWS river forecast Friday called for the river to continue to drop until leveling off around 6 feet early next week.

Chuck Magaha, Leavenworth County Emergency Management director, attributed the rise of the river to runoff from recent rain. He said additional rainfall north of Leavenworth could once again impact river levels in the local area.

He said the action stage gives people along the river the opportunity to plan for flooding in case the river continues to rise.