Missouri River to jump above flood stage

current stage as of April 18, 2013 7pm

Forecasters are predicting minor to moderate flooding in central and eastern Missouri as heavy rains cause the Missouri River to rise up to 15 feet in coming days.

On Friday, the river is expected to crest around three feet above flood stage in Glasgow and five feet above flood stage in Boonville. By Saturday afternoon, forecasters say the river will surpass flood stage by about three-and-a-half feet in Jefferson City and eight feet in Chamois.

On Sunday morning, the river is expected to exceed the flood stage by about eight feet in Hermann and about five feet in Washington.

Two Missouri River tributaries, the Grand and Chariton rivers, also are expected to rise above flood stage. Major flooding is forecast Thursday for Prairie Hill and Chillicothe.

You can keep track of river levels here.

If you approach a section of road covered by water while driving, turn around and find another route. A woman had to be rescued last Thursday when she tried to drive her vehicle through a flooded area.

Check road conditions with the MoDOT Traveler Map here.