Drainage district officials say evacuations not likely

By Danny Henley, Courier-Post Reporter
Posted: May. 10, 2019 11:00 am

Evacuations are not anticipated in the Fabius River basin, officials with the Fabius River Drainage District (FRDD) said Wednesday.

FRDD officials "do not currently anticipate the need to evacuate," based on the amount of precipitation received across the area served by the drainage district and what additional rainfall was still expected.

That is in contrast to statements made by district officials on Sunday and Monday that advised residents and business owners of the potential need to evacuate near the North, Middle and South Fabius Rivers.

The North Fabius River and South Fabius rivers flow through Marion County in route to the Mississippi River. The Middle Fabius River joins the North Fabius River in southeastern Lewis County.

Even after the National Weather Service scaled back its precipitation forecast for Northeast Missouri, district officials said the possibility remained for the need to evacuate.

FRDD said that they have not seen an impact on the levee from the precipitation that fell this week. The South Fabius River near Taylor was on the rise Thursday afternoon and expected to crest at 6.9 feet. Minor flooding begins at 9.5 feet.

The North Fabius River near Ewing was on the rise, approaching 9 feet. Minor flooding starts at 11 feet.

The Middle Fabius River near Ewing was nearing 9.5 feet. Minor flooding begins at 12 feet.

The Mississippi River in Hannibal continues its steady decline since cresting on May 3 at 28.25 feet. On Thursday afternoon, the river was at 24.7 feet.

Major flooding in Hannibal occurs at 24 feet or higher. It is expected to fall below 24 feet on Sunday morning, May 12.

The threshold for moderate flooding in Hannibal is 22 feet. It is forecast to dip below that level on Thursday afternoon, May 16.

The forecast for Northeast Missouri is dry through Tuesday, May 14, with the exception of a slight chance of showers Saturday and Saturday night, plus a slightly better chance of showers Sunday afternoon.

Roads closed due to flooding are being reopened as the river drops. The Missouri Department of Transportation announced late Thursday morning that Missouri Route 79, south of Hannibal and near Continental Cement, was open again to traffic. Route E in Saverton has also reopened.

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