Flooding concerns ease in northeast Missouri

Friday, July 23, 2010 | 1:11 p.m. CDT

ST. LOUIS — The Mississippi River is going down in northeast Missouri but still rising from St. Louis through the southern part of the state.

The river crested late Wednesday and early Thursday in such towns as Canton, Hannibal, Louisiana and Clarksville. Moderate flooding swamped agricultural land and closed roads, but no major damage was reported.

The Missouri Department of Transportation on Friday reopened Route 136/61 at Alexandria, near the Iowa border, now that high water from the Des Moines River has subsided.

The Mississippi is expected to crest a couple of feet above flood stage in St. Louis on Saturday and about 5 feet above flood stage early next week in Cape Girardeau.

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