Forecasters are now predicting the Missouri River will flood this week in the Leavenworth area.

Forecasters are now predicting the Missouri River will flood this week in the Leavenworth area.

A flood warning is scheduled to go into effect tonight.

As of 2 p.m. Tuesday, the river was at a depth of 17.92 feet at Leavenworth. A National Weather Service forecast predicts the river will rise to its flood stage of 20 feet tonight. The forecast predicts the river will continue to rise until cresting at 21.9 feet Friday.

The NWS frequently updates its forecast for the river. And predictions about the depth at which the river will crest could change.

The river rose to 31.3 feet in March. This marked the second worst flood on record for Leavenworth.

Riverfront Park and Landing Park were both flooded in March. And neither park has reopened.

Steve Grant, director of the Leavenworth Parks and Recreation Department, said staffing shortages and busy schedules for park personnel have prevented the parks from being cleaned up from the previous flood.

Leavenworth Public Works Director Mike McDonald said city officials still have sandbags in place from the previous flood.

“We dealt with it fairly well last time, and we’re planning on dealing with it even better this time,” he said.

Recent rainfall in the area also has led to forecasts of flooding along Stranger Creek in Leavenworth County.

A NWS forecast predicts the creek will reach 19.9 feet today in the Easton area. This would place the creek in what is considered its moderate flood stage for this area.

A separate forecast predicts the creek will reach 23.4 feet today in the Tonganoxie area. This would place the creek in its minor flood stage for this area of the county.

More showers and thunderstorms are possible through tonight. A flash flood watch is scheduled to remain in effect for Leavenworth County until early Thursday morning, according to the NWS.

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