(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.)— St. Joseph city officials have closed the Riverwalk Trail until further notice due to water levels on the Missouri River.
According to the National Weather Service, the Missouri River is at 19.2 feet at St. Joseph as of 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. Flood stage is 17 feet.
The river has continued to rise due to heavy rain during the last several days. Between 1-4 inches have fallen since last week.
Jeff Atkins, the Assistant Director of the St. Joseph Parks Department, said closing the trail is to ensure that people are staying safe.
"Please be patient with us," Atkins said. "We don't like to close the trail. We close it because we have to. It's for your safety, so please respect the walk closed signs at each end of the trail. Do wait for us to open before you get back on the trail."
The trail will remain closed until water levels fall to safer levels.
A Flood Warning remains in effect for the river until Monday morning.
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