Howard Bend Levee District has ongoing activity with the current high river situation, and we wanted to provide an update. 1. The flood gates were dropped for the fourth time since the end of March on Wednesday, May 22nd at approximately 9:00 am. As of now, with the river stage at approximately 35.0 feet on the St Charles gauge, the gate system is holding back 4+ feet of river water from entering our district through the Creve Coeur Lake tributary system. At this river stage we have plenty of free board on our main river levee system.