The Missouri River has reached its flood stage for the Leavenworth area and continues to rise.

The Missouri River has reached its flood stage for the Leavenworth area and continues to rise.

At 2 p.m. Tuesday, the river was at a depth of 21.28 feet, according to the National Weather Service.

The river enters its minor flood stage for the Leavenworth area at 20 feet.

At this level, some low-lying areas along the river may become flooded, said Chuck Magaha, director of Leavenworth County Emergency Management.

When the river reaches 22.3 feet, water enters the campgrounds at Riverfront Park, and Second Street near Leavenworth’s wastewater treatment plant becomes flooded, according to the NWS.

A NWS forecast predicts the river will crest early Thursday morning at 23.3 feet.

City of Leavenworth spokeswoman Melissa Bower said the Riverfront Park campgrounds were evacuated Tuesday. The campgrounds will remain closed until the river level drops.

Stranger Creek continued to rise as well Tuesday.



But the creek crested Tuesday night in the Easton area at 17.58 feet, according to the NWS.


The creek enters its flood stage for the Easton area at 17 feet.



The flooding follows heavy rainfall in the area.

 

Magaha said his home near Basehor has seen more than eight inches of rain since Saturday.

 

More rain is in the forecast for later this week.

 

According to Bower, the Three Mile Creek trail in downtown Leavenworth has been closed because of rising water.

 

Tony Zell, wastewater utility director for the city of Lansing, reported Tuesday afternoon that Kansas 5 Highway was flooded near Seven Mile Creek.

 

Magaha urges people who live in low-lying areas that are prone to flooding to be on their guard for the next 48 hours.

 

He also cautions people against attempting to drive through flooded areas.

 

“Flash flooding kills people because people don’t realize the force of water,” he said.

 

He said 12 inches of flowing water can move a vehicle. He said six inches of flowing water can move a person off of his or her feet.

 
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