The Missouri River is expected to rise to minor flood stage at Sibley for a few days.


The National Weather Service posted an estimated depth of just more than 20 feet at Sibley as of 2 p.m. Tuesday, and projected it to hit flood stage – 22 feet – by early Wednesday and crest briefly at 24.9 feet Thursday afternoon. It’s expected to fall below flood stage Saturday and keep falling.


Just downstream at Napoleon, the river was just above flood stage – 17 feet – at midafternoon Tuesday. It’s projected to reach 22.3 feet – still 2.7 feet shy of moderate flood stage – by midday Thursday and then begin falling.


The Little Blue River, controlled by dams, remains well below flood stage. It rose sharply overnight Monday to 8.44 feet at Lake City but had fallen back to about 7 feet by midafternoon Tuesday. Flood stage is 18 feet.


Although no river flooding is reported or projected in the immediate Kansas City area, there is high water elsewhere. The Platte River at Sharp’s Station, northeast of Platte City, was at 23.7 feet Tuesday afternoon and projected to reach 30 feet by Friday, putting it in moderate flood stage – 29 feet – for about two days. The Missouri River is at moderate flood stage at both St. Joseph and Rulo, Neb., but is not expected to reach moderate flood stage.