Flooding has prompted the closure of several roads and parks in the South County area.
Last week's heavy rains have caused river levels to rise on the Mermec River near Arnold/South County. The river crested Monday at 33.6 feet, according to the National Weather Service. Flood stage is 24 feet. River levels are forecasted to start dropping later this week.
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David Wrone, a spokesman with the St. Louis County Traffic Department, said Monday that some South County roads had deep water on them. He said Meramec Bottom had 5 feet of water and Old Telegraph and Hawkins had 7 feet.
"Those roads could be flooded for awhile, but water on other roadways may recede quicker," Wrone said. "It's not a surprise that any of these roads flooded because they typically do when the river rises."
Here's a list of specific roads that are closed due to flooding in South County:
- Old Telegraph at Telegraph;
- Hawkins Road at Meramec Bottom;
- New Baumgartner and Heinz;
- New Baumgartner in front of the Fred Weber Quarry;
- Old Baumgartner from Whispering Ridge to Brookstone;
- Wells from Suson Woods to Meramec Bottom;
- Meramec Bottom from Kerth to Wells.
Flooding has also closed some South County/Arnold parks. Those closures include:
- Lower Cliff Cave Trail (South County);
- Lower Meramec (South County);
- Arnold City Park (Arnold);
- Flamm City Park (Arnold);
- George Winter Park (Fenton);
- Lower Buder Park (Fenton);
- and Unger Park (Fenton).
For updates on the South County park closures, visit the St. Louis County Parks and Recreation website. The Arnold parks are expected to be closed until next week.
Patch will update the road and park closures on Tuesday.
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