Forecasters now believe the Missouri River will not rise to its major flood stage in Leavenworth as previously predicted. But the Leavenworth area remains under a flood warning.

Forecasters now believe the Missouri River will not rise to its major flood stage in Leavenworth as previously predicted. But the Leavenworth area remains under a flood warning.

Many areas along the river already have flooded, and the river continues to rise.

“We’re still monitoring it on a regular basis,” said Chuck Magaha, director of Leavenworth County Emergency Management.

The forecast for the river continues to be updated. But a forecast this morning predicted the river will rise to a depth of 29.1 feet, according to the National Weather Service.

The river is expected to crest Thursday evening.

On March 15, a forecast was predicting the river would reach 30.1 feet, which would have placed it in what is considered a major flood stage for the Leavenworth area.

Kim Buchanan, deputy director of Leavenworth County Emergency Management, said the Leavenworth area has benefited from the misfortune of communities in Nebraska, which have experienced major flooding problems. With levee breaches to the north, flooding is not expected to be as severe in the Leavenworth area.

As of 3 p.m. Monday, the Missouri River was at 25.37 feet, which placed the river in the moderate flood stage for the Leavenworth area.

The river reaches its minor flood stage in Leavenworth at a depth of 20 feet. The river reaches its moderate flood stage at 24 feet. The river reaches its major flood stage at 30 feet.

While the river is expected to drop below its minor flood stage by March 26, local officials are concerned more flooding could occur this spring.

“It could be a long spring,” Leavenworth Public Works Director Mike McDonald said.

City personnel have placed sandbags around the city’s Wastewater Plant and a floodwall behind the Riverfront Community Center.

McDonald said the sandbags may be left in place until the summer.

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