Valley Park authorities believe levee will hold

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ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KPLR) - It appears the levee in Valley Park will hold back the Meramec as the river is expected to crest overnight. Valley Park officials remained confident while some residents and business owners kept their fingers crossed.

Valley Park Mayor Mike Pennise said the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers remained confident the levee will hold.

“They like the integrity of the levee and how it’s holding up to the water,” Pennise said.

Some business owners decided to sandbag, just in case predictions were wrong.

“If you look on the levee behind us, we only have a foot to go before it’s totally over the top,” said business owner Joel Fields. “We’re preparing for the worst and hoping for the best.”

Floodwaters continue to cover parts of Vance Rd. Some residents remained trapped in their homes Wednesday. Heather Calvin said she’s been staying in touch with her family through text messages.

“They’re very stocked with supplies,” Calvin said.

She says the flooding brings back painful memories from the record setting floods of 1993.

“I still can’t believe that it’s even happening,” said Calvin. “It’s pretty scary right now.”