CARROLL COUNTY, Mo. — The Missouri River at Waverly is rising again — and fast. According to Carroll County Presiding Commissioner Stan Falke, forecasters believe the record flood stage set in March could be broken by tomorrow.

“The National Weather Service is now predicting a crest of 31.7 [feet] at Waverly in the next 24 hours,” Falke said.

County officials have a different situation on their hands from the previous record-setting flood in March 2019.

“Before, we were fighting water from upstream,” Falke explained. “Now those levees are saturated and we always worry about a weak levee failing.”

Falke added that those in low-lying areas of the Missouri River bottoms in Carroll County should stay off of side roads and should be prepared for widespread flooding, and that waters will rise quickly.

“We are looking for a 5-1/2 foot rise in the river in the next 24 hours,” Falke said.

Falke says county officials and emergency personnel are prepared for this round of flooding, and 65 Highway between Carrollton and Waverly could be impacted by Wednesday.