Residents along the Missouri River received a reprieve in the first flooding at Washington since 2011.
The river crested at 21.77 feet at 6:15 a.m. Saturday, just 1.77 feet above flood stage and below all projected crests.
This came after initial projections placed the river crest at least three feet over the 20-foot flood stage.
As of 8:45 a.m. Tuesday, the river had fallen to 19.8 feet. It’s projected to continue falling and go below action stage Friday morning. The current projection has the river falling to 12.6 feet by Saturday night.
At Gasconade, the Missouri River crested Friday at 27.3 feet. It is expected to remain above flood stage into Thursday. It was measured at 25.4 feet Tuesday at 7:24 a.m. Flood stage there is 22 feet.
At Hermann, the river crested at 25.07 feet Saturday at 1 a.m. The river was measured at 22.5 feet Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. and is expected to fall below the 21-foot flood stage Thursday.
At St. Charles, the Missouri River crested at 27.36 feet Saturday at 4:30 p.m. It was measured at 26.4 feet Tuesday at 9:30 a.m.
Flood stage in St. Charles is 25 feet and the river is expected to go below that Thursday morning.
Other smaller rivers received a much greater impact from last week’s rain.
At Sullivan, the Meramec River crested at 19.82 feet, just below moderate flood stage, Friday at 1:15 p.m.
The river since has dropped below the 11-foot flood stage and was measured at 5.78 feet Tuesday at 9 a.m.
Near Pacific, the river crested at 16.59 feet, considered minor flooding. Flood stage there is 15 feet.
The river was measured at 3.7 feet Tuesday at 9 a.m.
The Bourbeuse River at Union crested below the 15-foot flood stage.
The river reached 14.14 feet at 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon and was measured at 3.86 feet Tuesday at 9 a.m.
As far as precipitation goes, rain Tuesday morning was 0.1 of an inch. That pushed Downtown Washington monthly precipitation to 6.62 inches and yearly precipitation to 18.61 inches.
In 2012, the precipitation level didn’t reach 18.61 inches until May 29. Precipitation last year was 33.27 inches.
In 2011, it was April 26 before the annual precipitation level reached 18.61 inches. Precipitation for 2011 was 57.8 inches.
In 2010, precipitation did not reach that level until May 17. Annual precipitation that year was 59.48 inches.