Flood concerns grow as more rain predicted

Friday, April 22, 2011

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Every Missouri town along the Mississippi River is now under a flood warning as the Mighty Mississippi spills out over its banks.

Meanwhile, with significant rain expected over the next several days, people in flood-prone communities are bracing for significant flooding.

The National Weather Service is predicting what it describes as moderate flooding in several towns -- Canton, Hannibal, Louisiana, Clarksville, Winfield, even as far south as Cape Girardeau. But that doesn't account for rain beyond 24 hours away, and the Weather Service expects rain every day into early next week.

In Cape Girardeau the river stage was at 33.46 at 11 a.m. Thursday, and was expected to reach 35.9 feet early Monday. Flood stage is 32 feet.

In Hannibal, all five flood gates have been installed. The gates fill the gaps where streets normally pass through the levee that protects downtown and the Mark Twain historic area.

The river is expected to fall just short of flood stage in St. Louis on Sunday.

Minor flooding is occurring at a few points along the Missouri River, but no significant damage has been reported.

Flood buyouts have removed most residents from the flood plain along the Mississippi River in Missouri, but moderate flooding would close several roads, drench tens of thousands of acres of farmland, and threaten some homes and businesses.

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