The Missouri River has risen above flood stage in Sibley and is expected to crest Friday, though the National Weather Service classifies the flooding as minor.


At mid-morning Thursday, the Weather Service said the river was at 23.85 feet. Flood stage is 22 feet. The river is expected to crest at 25.9 feet Friday but fall slowly and remain above 22 feet well into next week. At Sibley, moderate flood stage is 29 feet, and the major flood stage is 31 feet.


By contrast, the river hit 32.8 feet in May 2007 and 29.5 feet in April 1999. The highest reading ever was 35.91 feet on July 29, 1993.


The Weather Service has flood warnings up for the Missouri from St. Joseph to Boonville, including Sibley, though not Kansas City, where it’s projected to crest Friday four feet below flood stage. There are also flood warnings on the Platte and Grand rivers and elsewhere in northern Missouri.


Despite all the recent rains, the Little Blue River remains far below flood stage. At Lake City, where flood stage is 18 feet, Thursday afternoon’s reading was just under eight feet.


The area is under a flood warning, and Weather Service reminds people not to drive through flowing water. Almost half of all flood fatalities are vehicle related. A driver can lose control in as little as six inches of water, and moving water two feet deep will carry most vehicles away