High water again closes Missouri highway, near Iowa border

Thursday, August 12, 2010 | 9:53 a.m. CDT

ST. LOUIS — Heavy rain to the north is once again causing minor to moderate flooding along the Mississippi River in Missouri.

The Mississippi has flooded numerous times this year. Many times, just when it recedes to within its banks, another big rain happens and it goes back above flood stage.

That's the case now, as heavy recent rain in Iowa sent the Mississippi back above flood stage as far south as Lincoln County, Mo. Farmland is flooded in many areas, and a few roads are closed.

Among them is Route 136/61 at Alexandria, Mo., near the Iowa border.

Communities like Canton, Hannibal, Louisiana and Clarksville are expected to see crests generally 3-4 feet above flood stage over the next several days.

Interstate 35 remains closed between Des Moines and Ames in Iowa. Check the Iowa Department of Transportation website for updates.

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