The Missouri River crested early today in the Leavenworth area. But the river has not dropped out of its flood stage, and some low-lying areas may remain flooded for now.

The Missouri River crested early today in the Leavenworth area. But the river has not dropped out of its flood stage, and some low-lying areas may remain flooded for now.

A flood warning remains in effect.

The river crested this morning at a depth of 23.16 feet. By 8 a.m., the river had dropped to 23.09 feet, according to the National Weather Service.

The NWS predicts the river will drop below its minor flood stage of 20 feet Friday afternoon.

On Tuesday, officials with the city of Leavenworth closed the campgrounds at Riverfront Park because of concerns about flooding.

The city’s brush site, 1803 S. Second St., also has been closed.

And the Three Mile Creek trail in downtown Leavenworth has flooded.

Elsewhere in Leavenworth County, Stranger Creek was receding in the Easton area.

The creek had been on the rise in recent days and reached its minor flood stage. The creek crested Tuesday night at a depth of 17.58 feet.

By 2:31 p.m. Wednesday, the creek had dropped to 11.26 feet in the Easton area.

Farther south, Stranger Creek also was receding near Tonganoxie. The creek did not reach its flood stage for this area.

Kim Buchanan, assistant director of Leavenworth County Emergency Management, said Kansas 5 Highway was briefly closed Tuesday in the Lansing area because of flooding. She said 227th Street north of Millwood Road also was closed Tuesday because of flooding.

A drought in the region may not officially have ended. But Buchanan said recent rains have started to replenish many ponds in the county.

“It’s nice to see them looking healthier,” she said.

A tornado watch was issued for Leavenworth County on Tuesday. But the watch was canceled early and no severe storms were reported in the county.

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