Emergency management officials said it could be weeks before they give the okay for floodgates to come out in Hannibal.
The water has come back up and officials are worried that trend will continue.
Marion County Emergency Management Director John Hark said he called off plans to remove the plywood from the gates this week because of new river predictions.
He said the water level has to go back under 18 feet and stay there for several days before he gives the all clear to open up the gates.
“We have severe storms coming through tomorrow and I don’t know how far north they are going or how much rain we’re going to get but that can make a difference,” said Hark.
Hark said he hopes to start the process to remove the sandbags atop the levee within the next few weeks.
But he said it could be several weeks before everything is off the levees and the floodgates are removed.