The Missouri River is expected to crest this afternoon in the Leavenworth area. And the river is higher than what had previously been expected.

The Missouri River is expected to crest this afternoon in the Leavenworth area. And the river is higher than what had previously been expected.

At 9 a.m. today, the river was at a depth of 31.18 feet. It is expected to crest at about 1 p.m. today at 31.4 feet, according to the National Weather Service.

The river has reached what is considered its major flood stage for the Leavenworth area.

The river previously had been expected to crest at around 30 feet.

Chuck Magaha, director of Leavenworth County Emergency Management, said floodwaters are receding to the north. He said forecasters have recalculated their predictions based on water that is receding from behind levees.

Based on the updated forecast, more sandbags were placed around a flood wall behind the Riverfront Community Center.

At 31.4 feet, this will be the second worst flood of the river for the Leavenworth area on record with the NWS.

The worst flood was in 1993 when the river reached 35.34 feet.

In 2011, the river crested at 30.8 feet.

After the river crests, the river should start to recede. The NWS forecast predicts the river will drop below 30 feet by 1 a.m. Sunday. And it will drop below its flood stage of 20 feet March 30.

Melissa Bower, public information officer for the city of Leavenworth, is cautioning people to stay away from floodwaters. She said floodwaters have mixed with sewer water in the area of the city's Wastewater Plant, which is located on South Second Street.