The Missouri River could rise to near what is considered its major flood stage for the Leavenworth area.

The Missouri River could rise to near what is considered its major flood stage for the Leavenworth area.

That is according to a river forecast from the National Weather Service.

The river has been in a flood stage since early Thursday morning, and it continues to rise.

The NWS continues to update the forecast. But a forecast issued Saturday morning predicted the river will crest by Wednesday at a depth of 29.2 feet.

The river reaches what is considered its minor flood stage at 20 feet in the Leavenworth area. It reaches its moderate flood stage at 24 feet and its major flood stage at 30 feet.

At 4 p.m. Friday, the river was at 23.2 feet.

The gauge used to measure the river's depth in the Leavenworth area is located near the city's boat ramp.

If Friday's forecast for the river holds true, this will be the worst flood since 2011, when the river crested at 30.8 feet.

The flood of 2011 lasted for a few months. But the current flood is expected to end in about a week.

City of Leavenworth personnel were preparing Friday afternoon to close Landing Park, which is located off of Esplanade Street.

"We will have water in this park," said Brian Bailey, parks superintendent for the city.

City officials also were bracing for flooding on Second Street near the city's Wastewater Plant, and sandbags were being used at the plant, according to Leavenworth Public Works Director Mike McDonald.

Also Friday, Fort Leavenworth officials closed Sherman Army Airfield and other areas east of railroad tracks that run through the Army post, according to Jeff Wingo, public affairs officer for the garrison.

Officials with the Platte County, Missouri, Sheriff's Office are cautioning people against trying to drive through water on roadways.

As little as six inches of water can sweep a vehicle off of a road, according to a news release from the Platte County Sheriff's Office.

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