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Mississippi River levels are climbing

HANNIBAL, Mo. (WGEM) - Officials along the mighty Mississippi are keeping a close eye on river levels as water starts to creep up again.

There's already been reports of flooding on some low-lying roads and agricultural land in parts of Iowa, Illinois and Missouri.

Although it my be considered typical spring flooding, due to recent rain, Marion County Emergency Management Director John Hark says they aren't taking anything for granted.

"Right now, we are just going to keep a very, very close eye on it," Hark said. "It's at critical stage, and it can fluctuate quick. We need to be able to respond. We've already discussed that and everything is in the works should it become necessary."

Hark says they've been monitoring river levels around the clock as they're expecting the river to reach 18.5 feet by Friday.

But that could quickly change, especially if crews decide to release water from reservoirs in Iowa. If that happens, Hark says it could have a big impact on river levels near Hannibal.

"By Thursday, we will have to close the gate wells that blocks our storm sewers," Hark said. "That is not the flood gates. We don't have to put them in until we hit 20 feet or above."

In the meantime, Hark says they'll continue to check river levels three times a day.

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