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Downtown St. Louis is priority as flood cleanup continues to move downriver

The river levels at the Archgrounds are starting to return to normal.

ST. LOUIS — As the Mississippi River drops, the cleanup effort is moving along with it. Now the focus is on the area in front of the Gateway Arch. 

"We're down there today trying to get that road opened up, so the Becky Thatcher can start rolling again," explains Todd Waeltermann with the City of St. Louis, "You need to get the commerce going again. They suffered a great loss being closed over a hundred days."

But there are only so many workers for such a large stretch of land to clean up along the city's rivers. Because the city stopped all projects to prevent inland flooding, Waeltermann says they need to catch up before they can start cleaning up.

"We have a lot of other things we need to do, things we need to catch up on," Waeltermann says, "because of all the man-hours we put in down there keeping those homes dry we were unable to keep up with our potholes, patching the alleys and some residential streets and we need to catch up throughout the city."

Crews will be out to remove the sandbags along the River Des Peres but it might not happen until August or September.

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