The Meramec River between the St. Clair, Mo., and Sullivan areas is back closer to normal after a weekend of flooding, the Missourian reported.

According to statistics from the National Weather Service, the river levels receded to below flood stage during the day on Sunday (June 21) and continued to drop as the week progressed.

On Saturday afternoon, the river crested at 17.69 feet near Sullivan, or more than 6 1/2 feet above flood stage, which is 11 feet.

Major flood stage is considered to be 29 feet with the moderate level at 20 feet.

When the river overflowed its banks, it caused moderate flooding nearby, including at Meramec State Park near Sullivan and at Meramec Caverns outside of Stanton.

Campgrounds in both areas were closed on Saturday as sites were under several feet of water. Cabins and picnic areas in the state park as well as the boat launch also were closed because of the high and swiftly moving water.

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