Floodwaters from the Missouri River are receding in Leavenworth.

Floodwaters from the Missouri River are receding in Leavenworth.

The river had been on the rise earlier in the week, causing flooding in some low-lying areas. But the river crested early Thursday morning at a depth of 23.16 feet.

By 2 p.m. Thursday, the river had dropped to a depth of 22.88 feet in the Leavenworth area, according to the National Weather Service.

“It’s on its way down,” said Chuck Magaha, director of Leavenworth County Emergency Management.

A flood warning remained in effect Thursday because the river had not yet dropped below its minor flood stage of 20 feet.

A NWS forecast predicts the river will drop below the flood stage this afternoon.

Officials with the city of Leavenworth closed the campgrounds at Riverfront Park and a brush site at 1803 S. Second St. because of concerns about flooding.

The Three Mile Creek trail in downtown Leavenworth also flooded this week.

Heavy rainfall earlier in the week helped improve drought conditions in the area. But Magaha said the drought is ongoing.

Kim Buchanan, deputy director of Leavenworth County Emergency Management, said areas of the county are now considered to be in moderate and severe drought conditions. This is an improvement from earlier in the year when the county was considered to be in extreme and exceptional drought conditions.

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