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Rising Mississippi River flooding some Missouri towns

Tuesday, April 19, 2011 | 10:17 a.m. CDT

ST. LOUIS — The Mississippi River has risen to moderate flood stage in parts of Missouri, and heavy rain this week could make matters worse.

The National Weather Service reports that flooding is occurring from Canton through Winfield. The river is expected to reach near flood stage by early next week in towns such as Canton, Hannibal, Louisiana, Clarksville and Winfield. Some roads are already closed, and thousands of acres of farmland are under water.

Few homes or businesses remain in the flood plain because they've been bought out since the 1993 flood.

Forecasters say more rain is possible later in the week, too.

 


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