A forecast is predicting the Missouri River will flood later this week in the Leavenworth area.

A forecast is predicting the Missouri River will flood later this week in the Leavenworth area.

The Missouri River was on the rise Monday, and a flood warning has been issued for the river. The National Weather Service is predicting the river will crest Thursday after reaching a depth of 23 feet.

The river reaches its minor flood stage for the Leavenworth area at a depth of 20 feet. At 22.3 feet, water enters the campgrounds at Riverfront Park and Second Street floods near the city’s wastewater treatment plant, according to the National Weather Service.

Chuck Magaha, director of Leavenworth County Emergency Management, said the rise of the river is the result of runoff from tributaries.

The area has seen heavy rainfall in recent days.

Magaha said a location southwest of Basehor has had more than seven inches of rain since Saturday.

More rain is expected today. And there is a chance for additional showers later in the week, according to the NWS.

“We’re monitoring all streams,” Magaha said.

A flood warning also has been issued for Stranger Creek. The creek was on the rise Monday in Leavenworth County.

A forecast from the NWS predicts the creek will rise to a depth of 19.8 feet by Wednesday morning in the Easton area, which would result in moderate flooding.

Magaha said the recent rainfall may not officially end a drought in the region, but “any moisture we get is positive.”

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