The Missouri River in the Leavenworth area reached a depth of 31.5 feet at 1 p.m. Saturday.

That is the deepest flood since the river swelled to 35.34 feet on July 28, 1993.

The weekend flood surpassed the 30.80 feet flood on June 30, 2011.

Major flooding was experienced in areas near the Riverfront Community Center, 123 S. Esplanade St., as well as the city’s Water Treatment Plant, 1800 S. 2nd St.

The river goes into its minor flood stage at 20 feet. It enters its moderate flood stage at 24 feet. The major flood stage is when the river reaches a depth of 30 feet.

Many people visited Landing Park on Saturday to look at the rising water and take photos.

The city closed many locations due to the flooding, including the Brush Site, 1803 S. 2nd St., Landing Park, Riverfront Park Campground, the Three Mile Creek walking trail, areas of 2nd Street and the parking lots south of the Riverfront Community Center.

The Riverfront Community Center was closed Saturday and will be closed again Sunday.

Mike McDonald, director of Public Works for the city, said floodwaters did not reached the community center but sewer lines at the facility became backed up with river water.

The second annual First City Film Festival, slated to be held at the Riverfront Community Center this weekend, was moved to the Heritage Center instead.

Kansas Highway 5 leading south from the city of Lansing was closed due to flooding.

Crews worked well into Friday night stacking sand bags at the community center.

Nineteen inmates from the Lansing Correctional Facility worked Saturday morning at the community center filling approximately 3,000 sand bags.

“We may need them if the water comes up any more,” McDonald said.

A flood wall installed at the community center several years ago can hold back floodwaters reaching a depth of 32.5 feet, McDonald said.

So large sand bags were placed adjacent to the wall and smaller sand bags were stacked on top of them to increase the height of the barrier.

The Leavenworth area will remain under a flood warning until March 30, according to the National Weather Service.

“We’re monitoring the scenario every day,” said Chuck Magaha, director of Leavenworth County Emergency Management.

The river was expected to crest Saturday night, and floodwaters will then begin to recede.