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Volunteers fill sandbags at Eureka High School in an attempt to keep water away from the school.

Volunteers fill sandbags at Eureka High School in an attempt to keep water away from the school.

Volunteers fill sandbags at Eureka High School in an attempt to keep water away from the school.

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After the heavy rainfall of five to seven inches over the weekend, Eureka faces substantial flooding. As a result, the Eureka quadrant of the Rockwood School District has been canceled on May 1.

With the flood levels rising, the fear is that all Rockwood schools could possibly close. Several teachers at Lafayette have been affected by the flood. At the time, one teacher couldn’t make it to work and several are being sent home early to make it home before flood levels get higher.

“The impact of the flood at Lafayette could result in canceling after-school activities, which we already did. We’ve canceled some games, and if the flooding continues where the district has to shut down some of the other schools it could impact us throughout the week,” Lafayette Principal John Shaughnessy said.

The flood level is high and rising. According to the National Weather Service, the Meramec River near Eureka is at 37.92 ft. However, it is predicted to reach 45.8 ft.

This is not the first time Eureka has faced this amount of flooding. In December of 2015, the flood levels reached a record breaking 46.1 ft.

Roads such as I-44 are closed due to the flooding, and several more are being expected to close as the levels continue to rise.

For continuing flood coverage and how Lafayette will be affected, continue to check our website and social media platforms.

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